Running and Life’s Aggressions

I know a guy who I frequently have coffee with who is a 74 years old fellow and a total intellectual. He is a retired UN employee with some unfortunate past history. He hid as a child in Belgium from the Nazi’s. His family was dirt poor but he was a shining example of the Jewish culture, using education as a weapon after the war. So he did well and all was bright. But life is a state of mind and after a horrible marriage with a lying criminal wife who escaped to another country to avoid criminal prosecution and financial misgivings, this gentleman battled his past and considered himself a manic depressive.

This gentleman found a way to survive his financial woes with a small government check and a family member’s kind help. His health was above average and was still a handsome man who had no problem dating from time to time, getting into some romance once in a while.

But he was an aggressive man who could not get past his past misfortunes and his only balancing act was his very brisk daily walks. Sometimes he would walk twice a day to balance his extreme aggression and let his past be forgotten temporarily by the feeling of calm that this walks provided.

However, he had knee pains and one day had to stop his daily walks. Swimming was his only outlet but not as a regular drill due to logistics. So he gained weight and became very temperamental in less than a month after his knee problem.

So he lost his ability to stay calm. He almost came to blows with yours truly over nonsense and foolishness that i would have nothing of, except the obvious of possible self defense. I probably would not have fought back if not attacked as this is sheer immaturity. But it happened as this raging senior hit a security guard and now faces a court date unless it can be settled privately.

What is the point of all this? Well this is a running lifestyle site. We runners take our aggression out on the track and the road as well as on trails, and we gain prospective from our hobby and our sanity medicine from our chosen sport. Runners win their battles during their daily runs or in races. What we win is our health, our calm and our sanity in this crazy world.

So do not forget, even if we have injuries, we are runners and must maintain being one if we can. Get on that exercise bike or swim in the pool and whatever does not aggravate that injury to maintain some form of fitness that helps get rid of life’s aggressions. And being disciplined athletes, of course never let life’s mental challenges get the best of us. Now go out and kick some road ass!

2 thoughts on “Running and Life’s Aggressions

  1. I am looking for some training advice. I am 67 years old and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer March, 2010. I had 6 weeks of chemo and radiation therapy followed by an esophagectomy and gastric pull through in which my stomach was used to replace the 6 inches of the esophagus that was removed. A year later it was discovered that my diaphragm had torn and that needed repair although it could not be completely repaired.
    I had been able to get up to 7 miles at an 11 minute pace but then it began to get more difficult for me because I cannot get enough nutrition to recover fully due to my greatly reduced stomach capacity.

    I am looking for some training advice which would help me get below a 10 minute pace for a 5k distance to start with. Before the cancer affected my running my normal leisurely pace would be 8 minute miles for 4-6 miles during weekdays and 8:30 to 9 minute pace for my weekend 10 milers up to age 62 and then began to get weaker after that. Can you suggest any training which would help? Thanks

    • Hi Ronald
      Us runners know how important running is but should you not just enjoy your runs and your life.

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