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From the Archives: Why I Stopped Running After 51 Years: A Goodbye to Running

by Phil Ringman | January 04, 2020

I’ve lifted weights for about five years, but I was a runner for 51 years.

I ran four marathons at a time when only a few hundred people showed up, instead of the thousands we see today. I was a “middle of the pack” runner, but in recent years I have been winning age group awards in 5k and 10k races, mostly because few other 60+ year old men show up. I wasn’t fast, but I was durable enough to outlast many of my peers.

But things changed a few months ago.

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