Mid-life angst: my commitment

Ten years ago when I started running long distance some of my friends remarked that I am having a midlife crisis. My response was that as midlife crises go this is a fairly tame one – I could be buying a Harley and looking for my next toy-boy.

Little did we know; I was not having a mid-life crisis at all – it seems ‘I just felt like runnin’’. Things are a bit different now: no toy-boys (John, did you read this, darling) but a motorbike trip across the US is on the cards – in 2018 when our youngest son is 17 so that he can ride with me! Cool or what!

My midlife angst is a bit different: I look in the mirror and I don’t like much what I see. No, it is not in the eye of the beholder; my body seriously need a serious MOT. I have already taken some steps – like starting to run again, going to the gym and watching these wonderful cakes I am being tempted with, particularly when travelling.

This is my public commitment.

I am running Lausanne marathon at the end of October to celebrate my 50th birthday. By then I will be running like that


And I will look like this (with arms, of course)


This is right: I’ll run like a cheetah and look like a Greek Goddess.

You think I can’t do it? You haven’t met my trainer yet – he is fit, he is mean, he is ex-army and he happens to be a friend…when we are not training this is. Meet Chris Clark!



9 thoughts on “Mid-life angst: my commitment”

  1. Be careful, your goals need to be realistic!  I started working out thirty-five (35) years ago and lost a lot (35-40 lbs.) of weight.  I never regained the weight and feel wonderful.  Go for it, it is worth it!

    1. Krant: Thing is, this is quite realistic. I run marathons in about 4h 45 min – running like a cheetah for me will be shaving about 20 min off. With the right training and loosing about 8-9 kilos this is entirely possible. As to Venus, I already have the curves – need the muscle but it does come when I am in training.

    1. Elaine: A fried always sais that she can’t understand why I run when no one is chasing me :). Then again she does come for the Caribean.

    1. @Brent: Any runner has trouble with the IT bands – easily sorted with good massage; and checking whether you have started pronating (I know I had done).

  2. Fantastic! I run, too (still trying to talk myself into today’s workout….). I never had any desire to run marathons until we moved and my new group of friends were runners. Now I’ve run five marathons in about 400 days. Next up: my first ultra. I’m no cheetah. More like an ultra-slow sloth.

    Glad you have arms, BTW. 😉 

  3. Wow, good for you! I personally hate running, which is probably why I never manage to cross “do a triathlon” off my bucket list. I love biking and swimming, lifting weights and yoga, but the wear and tear running has done on my knees in previous attempts always has me quitting almost as soon as I start.

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