But I'm definitely not in the same league as Bernie Portenski (pictured), a New Zealander who is breaking all sorts of 60-64 age-group records. Sure, the records are impressive and all, but Bernie's story is fascinating and her personality priceless. Click here; it's worth the read.
Still not convinced? Here's Bernie talking about why she took up running decades ago (boldface and italics are mine):
I was trying to give up smoking. My ex-husband suggested I run as it might get me off the fags. So I ran around the block, running and smoking at the same time. Someone came up to me in 1985 and said, "If you give up the smokes you might be a good runner". I thought that's it I've got to quit. It took five years on and off but running did help. I worked my way up and found my passion.
And here's Bernie talking about her post-long-run ritual, which takes the ice bath concept to an extreme:
I've got an old rubbish bin out the back full of water. Before I go on my run I throw in two bags of ice. After every demanding session I stand in it, thigh deep, for eight minutes. In winter I wear a beanie, woolly coat, thermals and gloves to keep my upper body warm. From the waist down I'm in my knickers and socks!
You know what? I've never tried an ice bath. Can't bring myself to do it. But maybe on Sunday I'll fill up my trash can with cold water, throw in some ice and be like Bernie. Or not.