In a recent post Terry Lonergan in his blog Running on Empty refered to an article in last weeks Athletics Weekly about Ron Hill - and I can only agree that Ron Hill is a living legend.
Last weeks AW however, also had another article titled The Long Kiss Goodnight written by Will Cockerell which was a light hearted look at athletes growing older or as he put it, as he " grimly peers into the abyss of aging athletics."
Maintaining running and racing as one grows older as a topic has also frequently been refered to in a number of Terry's other posts. (Am I growing paranoid but does everything I read these days refer to growing older - even my mail this morning consisted of a letter/advertisement from Saga).
Anyhow, Will Cockerell's article revolves around attending a meeting (Ageaholics Anonymous) of ageing athletes who have difficulty in accepting the fact that they are getting older. As a result of attending the meeting he is given a 12 step programme for those struggling with the condition:
Step 1 - Acknowledgment
Step 2 - Acceptance
Step 3 - Pluck out all white hairs from head
Step 4 - Reduce alcohol intake to a minimum
Step 5 - Take a weekly massage
Step 6 - Start swimming regularly
Step 7 - Increase strength conditioning and flexibility work in the gym
Step 8 - Run easier recovery days
Step 9 - Leave parties just as they're getting going
Step 10 -Cut out desserts and Frappachinos
Step 11 Replace trainers more frequently
Step 12 Bring bed-time forward by 25 minutes
From a personal point of view I am still probably skirting around steps 1 and 2 (although I nearly read that letter from Saga this morning). However, steps 7 and 8 have definitely sneaked their way into my training schedules and although not to the minimum, alcohol intake has reduced.
Ah - sorry, I have just remembered what is missing from my shopping list - Horlicks!
A steady 6 miles last night, knees still painful but the swelling is down. Back on the track tonight.