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Looking Ahead to 2018. Tackling 60 with Resilience

As we start looking ahead to 2018 let me let you in on a big, not so secret, secret. I turned 60 years old this year. Yep, the big six-oh.

Of course, in these days of active aging, 60 is not all that old, right? I still call myself an athlete, follow a healthy plant-based diet, do (most of) the right things to have a good long time ahead of me.

And I feel pretty good. Oh, I have some of the aches and pains associated with aging. A little arthritis, some knee pain from a years’ old injury, even some back and hip pain from my years of training and running 37 marathons. But I don’t let it keep me down.

What really scares me about 60 is my inheritance. You see, my dad died when he was 60. My dad with whom I shared a birthday. And even though I live a much healthier lifestyle, there is something very scary about that.

With that being said, as I start looking ahead to 2018 I’m not going to let that slow me down (literally or figuratively!). In fact, just the opposite. I have big plans for the coming year. I’m going to look 60 right in the eye and, well, I guess I’ll spit in it.

Looking Ahead to 2018

I didn’t do much racing last year, and the races that I did were kind of haphazard, with life seeming to interfere with my training. Nothing major, just small injuries or other circumstances that prevented me from training to my full potential. Here’s what I’m going to do to turn that around.

  1. Get serious about my strength training. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m a personal trainer. That doesn’t mean I always do what I know that I’m supposed to. Looking ahead to 2018, this will be the year I get back to the training that I know that I need, especially now that I’m 60.
  2. I plan to be much more consistent with my body care. Beyond strength training itself, that means stretching, foam rolling, and other methods of keeping my joints mobile and my muscles flexible. I will definitely throw in a massage or a fascial stretch therapy session when I can!
  3. I’m going to race my heart out in 2018! I already have a few great races on the schedule, including a half marathon in February, the All-Day 20k at the Carlsbad 5000 in March, and I’ve signed up for my 38th marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, in June. More to come, for sure!

In fact, on the day closest to the date in April when I will be the exact age that my father passed away, I plan to run a half marathon. Take that 60 years old!

Which brings me to my word for 2018. I always think about this, not always choosing a word, but this year, since I feel like I will be bouncing back to racing, strength, and speed I’m choosing the word resilience. Yes, I’m 60. Yes, I have some challenges, but no, I’m not going to let that stop me.

Welcome, 2018!


My name is Debbie and I’ve been lucky enough to represent Skirt Sports for two years! I’d love to connect. I share running tips and plant-based recipes (and more) on my blog, Coach Debbie Runs. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook as @coachdebbieruns!