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Aging and My Mid-Life Crisis

I can't believe that I am now 40. It sounds SO OLD. But I don't feel like I should be THAT old. Its depressing. I think I'm having a harder time accepting this then I did for when I turned 30.

It's scary. To be frank and a little macabre, you have to start planning for end of life stuff. There is a lot I have yet to do with my life. But to be planning old people stuff, its scary.

How much longer am I going to live? How can I do this the healthiest that I possibly can? Should I buy life insurance for my other half and I? How can I increase our retirement savings. (Going on a cruise a couple times a year is not helping with that savings.) At what age should I sign up for AARP?

I had one friend die of Pancreatic cancer this past year. It hit him hard and sadly fast. I had another friend in November pass due to complications with pneumonia and his diabetes. I seen him in the store a week or two before he passed and he was out of it. I googled both their names when I did n…

Book Review - The Born Again Runner

I get kind of overwhelmed with how much information is out there on a specific subject. Take all of the websites on runner. You have info on Twitter, ahem, blogs,, and running specific magazines and websites. All these sites have info about everything about everything running. I get overwhelmed if I want to put that information to uses.

Well, thankfully there is a book out there that can help you take a step back and restart. The Born Again Runner by Pete Magill is a book I read right before I was ready to take the ultramarathon plunge. I mean, with taking so much time off, I feel like my pace and body is treating me like a beginning runner. 

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From the lead author of Build Your Running Body (“the best running book ever”—Runner's World founder Bob Anderson), a one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can't

As a drug-addled young man, Pete Magill once found himself in the ER, with his body telling him to give up. Taking up running seemed impossible—but he willed himself to do it anyway.

Magill went on to become one of the fastest masters runners ever, and a sought-after coach. Over a glowing (albeit hard-won) career, he has heard every excuse people use to stop running or never start—from achy knees and sore ankles, to advanced age and arthritis, to too many cigarettes or years on the couch.

In every case, Magill's best advice is to do what he did: Run anyway—at a pace and mileage that work. Through inspiration, science, and anecdote, Magill gets runners out the door; through personal action plans, he sets them on the right path; and through the best exercises to protect and rehabilitate the body, he keeps them going—showing a way forward for new and sidelined runners who haven't before realized how close they are to fun and pain-free
This book is pretty good. The writing was OK, but the information is solid. Think of this like a Running For Dummy's book for people who are not running dummy's. It has lots of practical information that can complement any runners training plan. Like, how not to get injured and dealing with obstacles. 

Have you read this book or is it on your To Read list? 


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