My first day as a veteran runner, which basically means I’m past it when I’ve only just got started.
I’m only 35. I feel fitter than I ever have. I’m running faster than I ever have. I’m training better than I ever did, which is why I’m finding it so difficult to accept that I’m a veteran runner. Me, a veteran. I was only 17 a few months back. But it’s true; I’m 35, closer to 40 than 30, technically a veteran.
Old. Over the hill. Past it.
I’m not finished yet. I want to run faster. I want to set more personal bests. I want to be better.
So, in an attempt to prove to myself that I’m not old, over the hill, or past it, I’ve set myself the Not Yet a Vet Challenge, where I intend to hold two fingers up to the veteran name tag, by setting personal bests for all distances from 5K to marathon.
It’s not going to be easy.
A few years ago, with the veteran category looming, I made a real effort to beat the personal bests I set when I was in my early twenties. I very much felt that if I didn’t do it now, I never would. So far, I’ve set PBs for 5k, 10k, five miles, and half-marathon distances, which I’m delighted with. Beating these times now I’m a vet is going to be hard. But it’s not impossible. In my old age I seem to have much more focus and determination than I ever did in my youth. So, here goes. #notyetavet
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