They say that “Youth is wasted on the young” and that “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Now I’m not really sure who says these things but they are actually pretty right.
Think about it.
Think back (for me way back) to when you were a carefree kid. When I was a kid I had extremely low confidence and body image. Now when I look back on pictures from when I was a kid, I wonder what I was thinking of. It took many years and really a lot of therapy to get to where I am today but I’m straying.
Youth is wasted on the young…..
I’ve been lucky enough recently to work on a elementary youth track program. It’s a basic program as we do not have access to a track. Plus the kids are only 9 and 10. So really it’s about teaching them the fundamentals and encourage them to enjoy running. I mean who doesn’t enjoy running?
At the same time I’m watching some of these kids discover that they actually enjoy running and can run fast, I read an article about “older runners. It went onto say that after 50 it is harder to reach a PR (obviously), your body requires more recovery time, and apparently you just shrivel up. So I may be stretching that last one a bit, but not much. Apparently I’ve got 2 years to make the magic happen or call it a day. Hmmm…
Now I’m not disputing these facts. Running with 9 and 10 year olds that can whip out a 8 minute pace and then ask if that is good makes you scratch your head. No pulled muscles. No worries. No recover. Just run your mile and still have energy for a hearty game of tag.
They also don’t have the mental game. The no overthinking. No plotting. No strategy. Just run for the sake of running.
There is actually a lot of beauty in that.
Maybe we all need this simpler time. This way when we are older and all the pressures of the world are right there, we can think back to a time when there was not thinking.