Long May You Run

Long may you run
Long may you run
Although these changes
have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.

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I’d been following senior runner Mary Lou Harris for some years now and was excited to read she recently finished her first ultra-marathon. In her blog Still A Runner, Mary Lou shares an interesting New York Times article by John Hanc about Why Older Runners Are Ultra-marathoners.

The way I read it, the article is as much about longevity in general as it is running in particular. Dr. William Roberts, a professor of family medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon says, “Aging is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition. Continued exercise throughout a lifetime will reduce the rate of loss of strength and endurance, likely improve quality of life and help maintain balance.” The takeaway here is that remaining active improves your quality of life, whether by walking, swimming, gardening, dancing, yoga, or riding a bike.

I find people who seek their passion practice an intangible type of exercise that nurtures longevity as well, so I would add activities like playing a musical instrument, painting, sculpting, drawing, or writing to the above list. I can’t help think about Neil Young walking out to the center of the stadium at the closing ceremony at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada with nothing more than his acoustic guitar and harmonica and playing Long May You Run.

Long May You Run, Neil!

Read the entire article Why Older Runners Are Ultra-marathoners by John Hanc, and be sure to visit Mary Lou Harris’s blog at Still A Runner.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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8 Responses to Long May You Run

  1. Sophie33 says:

    A very cool post, dear Jim! Loved it! 🙂


  2. Brittany says:

    A perfect example that it’s never too late to accomplish your dreams!


  3. Patrick says:

    Cheers Jim! Great Post!! and “Long may you run” as well!


  4. LB says:

    lovely, lovely, lovely video. Thanks for sharing. Love the Olympics and I love Neil Young.
    Jim, as I knocked doors yesterday, I met a man who talked about his running. He qualified his comments when he said I don’t run like I used but I do still run. I wanted him to hold his head high instead of sounding a bit regretful that he wasn’t running like he used to. He runs more at 70 than many people do at any age.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      The fidelity of the audio is about as bad as you’ll find anywhere, but the image of Neil in the mists of tens of thousands of people armed with nothing more than a harmonica and acoustic guitar singing his legendary song solo is about as powerful a sight as you’ll ever see. It’s artists like Neil, and guys and gals like the 70-year-old gent who’s out there on the trail who keep me going. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious, and they teach us all a lesson about how to live by their example. Thanks for sharing the story, LB.


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