“Running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races. Bit by bit, I raise the bar. And by clearing each level, I elevate myself.
At least that is why I put in the effort day after day - to raise my own level.
I am no great runner by any means. I am at an ordinary or perhaps more like a mediocre level.
That’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday.
Long distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself. The way you used to be.
Since my 40’s though, this system of self assessment has gradually changed. Simply put, I am no longer able to improve my time. I guess it is inevitable considering my age. At a certain age, everyone reaches their physical peak. there are individual difference, but for the most part, swimmers hit that watershed in their early 20s, boxers in their late 20s, baseball players in their mid thirties.