Too old for racing?
“Arent’t you getting too old for these extreme races?”
I get this question sometimes. I just got 41, which some people appearently think is a very old age for doing long races. These persons have one thing in common. They don’t do any sports themselves. Instead they have chronic diseases and problems to just function OK in their daily lives. But they appearently think of themselves as great judges for my athletic capacity. I think it’s hilarious. Actually most participants in adventure marathons are in their 40s, often older. Take Marco Olmo who is +60 and still one of the top adventure runners in the world.
Running is actually one of the best ways too stay young. It’s strenghtens the bones; exercise the heart and lungs, and gives me quality of life. Like yesterday’s trail run with sunshine and lots of golden chanterells. The trees are still green but the ground is dotted with yellow leaves. Even though my feet are still numb after the UTMB it felt great running again, after resting almost 2 weeks. My next running adventure will be The Himalaya 100 Mile Stage Race, end of October, with 5 stages, views of 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the world, running on high altitude (4000 m). Sounds fun, doesn’t?