Creed For The Ancient Marathoner

For those who are about to reach their “half-century” age and “senior citizen” status, the following “creed” is nice to read and as a good reference. The complete article where this excerpt was taken can be browsed at Marathon and Beyond Magazine. This creed applies to me!

Creed for the Ancient Marathoner

1.  Honor the run. Train enough, but not too much. Don’t rely on yesterday’s experience for today’s challenge. Be true to the task. Know
that you are the torchbearer for those younger. You show them not just what you can do but what they will be able to do. You show
them their future.

2.  Don’t be surprised. Train in the heat and in the cold. Know how todrink and eat. Know where each step is taking you.

3.  Don’t take any extra weight along with you; be spare.

4.  Be rested, be fresh, and arrive at the start ready for a full go. Know that each part of you is ready to go the full course.

5.  Age is not an excuse. It is an advantage. Each of us has been up our personal hill more often than the younger runners. We are older, we have experienced more, we have more to give—and we understand more.

6.  Don’t make excuses. Don’t rely on someone else. You are in charge. You alone can crest the rise, fight the fatigue, master the moment.

7.  Although you are in charge of yourself, you are not alone. Your number increases. You run in the footsteps you have made—but also in the paths of Emil, Frank, Johnny, Grete, Clarence, George, and others. You tie your shoes with their laces. You are one with the heroes and heroines.

8.  Don’t compete with your yesterday. No one can defeat you. Be the best that you can be this day. By being your best today, you will
prepare for being your best tomorrow.

9.  Listen to the wisdom of your body. It is older. It has been tested. It knows how. Pay respect and learn from its teachings.

10.  Have fun, don’t take the run too seriously, be confident. 

Bortz’s Law: “It is never too late to start, but it is too soon to stop”

(Source: Running, Aging, and Human Potential by Dr Walter Bortz, Marathon And Beyond Magazine, Sep/Oct 2009)


6 thoughts on “Creed For The Ancient Marathoner

  1. Joe Saley

    BR, Thanks for posting this for us oldies. Now 70 yrs. young and intend to keep running “engana”/ till ??? Done 47 marathons(no dnf, thank God) since I started in 1994 and still chugging along. Let us all keep the running spirit including you Arthur.


    1. kingofpots

      joe, truly, we the ancient runners should be the inspiration to these younger runners of today. and we are doing it with passion. thanks for the comment.


  2. docchester

    very inspiring, tio. . . i am familiar with zatopek, shorter, waitz, & de mar. sinno ngaminen ni George? is this walter george? and Johnny?


  3. kingofpots

    george is george sheehan, the RW Magazine writer and speaker who is considered as the running philosopher of the 21st century. his books and writings about his insights on running inspire all ages.


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