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Running towards retirement has its compensations. If you're running, you're not getting old....right? From behind, with the right lycra content, you could pass for a decade or two younger. Right? Well, maybe some of you. Running, they say, wards off Alzheimers and dementia-related illnesses. It keeps your bones strong and your heart healthy. But best of all, running races such as the London Marathon gives you the opportunity to brag to anyone willing to listen that, despite their private opinions, you are - as set out in print - Good for Age. If you can get to your mid 50s and complete your 26.2 miles in under 4 hours 15, then you earn the dubious compliment of being Good for Age. It might feel a bit back-handed, but it's a useful way of ensuring a guaranteed race place. And it sure as hell beats being referred to as over the hill.
If you are a menopausal, mid-life marathoner, please join me in celebrating our determination to keep going, aches and all.