“Follow your bliss.”
– Joseph Campbell

“Do not go gentle into that good night,…”
– Dylan Thomas

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

“Poetry, music, forests, oceans, solitude – they were what developed enormous spiritual strength. I came to realize that spirit, as much or more than physical conditioning, had to be stored up before a race.”
– Herb Elliott, Olympic champion and former world-record holder in the mile
(BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall)

“Run easy, light, smoooooth, happy … and run free! Andale!”
– Micah True, “el caballo blanco”

Run along with me, Jim, a former “half-way decent” collegiate runner, stranded serendipitously in Buffalo, NY, who returned to competition in his mid-forties, training through ups, downs, and plateaus to move up the ranks of masters running, and, in the process, downscaled and simplified his life…blissfully.

Turned 50 in August 2016, some highlights since turning 40:

  • Currently ranked among the top runners in the 50-54 Age Group in the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors World Rankings
  • NYC Marathon 2018, 2:50:41, 6th place in 50-54 Age Group
  • Chicago Marathon 2018, 2:47:20, 8th place in 50-54 Age Group
  • Boston Marathon 2017, 2:47:22, 5th place in 50-54 Age Group
  • YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot 8k, Masters Winner ’13, ’14, ’16
  • US Masters Marathon Championship/Twin Cities Marathon 2012, 2:41:22, 6th place in 45-49 Age Group

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hopewell

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Can I just say that I LOVE the sub-title of yours … “trying to get faster even as I get older”. That’s awesome!!! I finally got off the couch and jogged ONE WHOLE MILE before my 50th birthday (and it took me 3 years of missed promises to do it!). But once I’d finally found the internal grit to actually do it, I launched a continuing journey to increased fitness that now has me training for a 5K in October (one that I intend to jog the whole thing non-stop, vs my usual jog/walk combo). I’ll be coming back to read more of your adventures, and gain inspiration for mine. Be blessed!

    1. runningintshirt Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment. Glad to be connected to another runner. The non-stop October 5k is an awesome goal, please keep me posted.
      And I’m thankful to have come across your blog – so much kindness and wisdom! Looking forward to receiving more inspiration from your posts in the future!

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  3. Marlton Trainer

    Hi! I’ve chosen you to receive the Blogger Recognition Award. If you would like to accept this award, the rules are: 1. Tell how your blog got started. 2. Give some advice to new bloggers 3. Choose blogs that you would like to pass the award on to and let them know. You can read the award post on my blog.
    –Joan 🙂

  4. Patricia Gibbons

    Hi Runningintshirt! i’ve just read your quotations – really terrific! I had read that one in Born to Run and was likewise inspired; but I particularly live the Howard Thurman quotation. Brilliant. Coming alive is what we need to do, and what the world needs most! And it’s great! Keep being inspired, and inspiring others 🙂


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