To run or not to run after age 50?by Raena Dumas, BA
Have you ever crossed a finish line dripping with sweat, legs wobbling with fatigue, yet glowing with pride at what you have accomplished? Have you ever felt the euphoria of endorphins flooding your body after a race or run? If so, you’ve probably experienced the “runner’s high.” Millions of North Americans got their first taste of the runner’s high in the 1970s and realized running was a sport they could enjoy. Today, Boomers who started running in their youth are entering their 50s and 60s, and many are still part of the running wave—20% of the 2007 Boston Marathon finishers were age 50-plus, for example, and this figure rose to 55% with runners ages 40–49 included.