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Too Old to Run & Ride?

Monday, August 05, 2013

I know it's crazy, but I'm just wondering if my body is too old to start running & cycling. Well, I actually started 3 years ago. And, I've played everything safe - slowly building miles with each. But, I've been plagued with 'injuries' during these 3 years & I never had that problem before. I sure felt better when I was sitting around doing nothing!

For example, over the past 2 years I've been in therapy for:
...calcified tendonitis of shoulder
...bulging disc in back
...tight psoas causing hip pain
...foot pain

I also have needed to go in for a wrist that will no longer bend correctly & a bump on my other wrist which I can't think of the name of right now.

And, as of a few days ago, I have 2 more issues...
...a finger that won't bend all the way which started by feeling like it was 'jammed' on Friday (probably the flexor tendon)
...something going on with my knee that when I kneel on it electrical pain shoots up my leg

I'm just so TIRED of all these nagging aches & pains! I do stretches faithfully. I strength train off & on. As I mentioned, I've built my mileage slowly. So, why does everything hurt so much & I keep getting injured? I love running & cycling, but am wondering if I should just give it all up. I stayed home today when I had planned on running. The bottom of my foot just got so bad on my last run. And, yes, I need to make some doctor appointments... LOTS of them! It's just so crazy & frustrating.

Sorry for rambling. I'm going to try & make myself do some of my PT & some strength & pilates this morning, but I am really feeling sorry for myself & just want to lie on the couch & read... emoticon
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    I know what you mean about my body breaking down! Sometimes I have thought why bother but the alternative isn't worth it!
    2912 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2801676
    TOO OLD - no such thing. I started riding (endurance) at 50, ran my first marathon at 54, my first half ironman distance at 57 ....

    My home town just hosted the senior olympics ..

    don't give me the 'I'm too old song' ... ROFL
    2913 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    are you taking enough rest days? that is as important as workouts, your body needs time to adapt to the stress you put on it
    2913 days ago
    You are never too old, but it helps to have a sense of humor and to be realistic and patient.. I started running again at 50--it had been more than 30 years since I ran--and met my goals, but not without my share of aches, pains, and injuries. I've taken a break from running (I'm worn out) and have been focusing on biking and hiking which is so much gentler.

    Stick with it if you truly love what you're doing, but don't feel obligated. My guideline has been once the pain overtakes the joy, it's time to give it a rest and find another activity that will bring the joy back. Just don't turn into a couch potato--that will get you nowhere.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

    2913 days ago
    I feel old too - but life is good and I keep pushing - there will come a time when we have no choice to and be sedimentary - but until them keep moving - get outside to walk - ride - and swimming - but an indoor pool might be better.
    2914 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I read your blog today and just had to come back and read a few of the previous ones. Now coming from someone who is probably older than you and trying to keep active, I k ow I would be worse if I was not moving. Sometimes we have to change what we do but we must never stop!
    I. With you girl!!!!,
    2914 days ago
    Never too old to be active!!! Take is easy and ST!
    2915 days ago
    Have you thought of riding a recumbent bike or trike? It seems like it would help with everything but the knee pain.
    2915 days ago
    I hope you get this figured out because from what I know about you, you didn't feel better sitting and doing nothing. You said it yourself, you love biking and running. But maybe you do need to do less. You've been doing some awesome group rides, but maybe it's been too much. I know that's not fun to hear, but maybe you just need to cut back more than you'd like.
    But don't give it up! That's a bad cycle to get into. Because after a few weeks, I bet you'd miss it and then get moving again.
    There are definitely risks involved with sports, but the benefits of an active life far outweigh those risks and aches and pains for me. I hope you find the right balance for you!
    2915 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6329775
    Not too old..... just have to figure out how to balance everything you want to do with what your body can handle.

    2915 days ago
    Too old? Seriously? I think not. I didn't start running until I was 45. Biking at 46. The only injury I've had was a stress fracture in the first 6 months of running because I piled on too many miles too quickly. The "off and on strength training" should be corrected to consistently twice a week (at least). I feel better with functional strength training than I do weight training. If you are consistently running, consistently cycling.. that is the best way to go. Taking time off then restarting isn't the same. Keep your mileage low and just be consistent. If you have a sore knee, go pool jog. Or swim. Just don't stop moving! The couch does NOT make you feel better. It makes you sedentary.
    2915 days ago
    Too old? NO WAY.
    My recommendation would be routine chiro and monthly massage appts. Also ST. I do crossfit 4-5x a week and it has been a lifesaver for me.
    Just my 2 cents.....
    2915 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8092638
    Maybe you should give some thought to more strength training. A lot of cardio can start to tear you down- and you want to build yourself up!
    2915 days ago
    I don't think you are too old. I would look more at your diet than what you are physically doing. Diet has a lot to do with inflammation in the body which can cause issues with bones, joints and injury. Diet has a lot to do with your stamina and recovery as well. Strength training also helps to keep the injuries at bay. If you are just cycling and running there is a good chance that you need to add in some ST and stretching (yoga or the like).
    2916 days ago
    To paraphrase Ian Anderson - "Your never too old to run and bike (or Rock and Roll)" :-).

    I started running, biking and strength training in my late 40's and I wonder why it took me so long. I've been fortunate to not have any serious health issues other than a couple of minor scares. One thing I did that really helped was working with one of the track coaches at our University to make sure that my form is OK to minimize injury. I still have regular aches and pains but I figure I would have those even if I wasn't working out.

    Keep at it and good luck!
    2916 days ago
    No, you are not. You are way younger than me and I won't give up - neither will you! I do understand though. I hurt so bad following a "3.5 mile long run" Saturday, I could just cry. We just have to figure it out and not give up.

    One thing I would say is that "ST off and on" may be hurting you more than helping. I have discovered, to my dismay, that consistent ST and the right ST for my conditions are KEY to my recovery and warding off future injury.

    Don't give up and keep us updated!
    2916 days ago
    I know the feeling - seriously! Wish I had an answer for you on staying injury free. I'd use it on myself if I did!
    2916 days ago
    Good luck to you!
    2916 days ago
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