It’s Time to Choose Your 70!

This handsome man is my father.   I Owe my good looks and my raunchy sense of humor to him.  He turns 70 On August 17, 2013.





This is Dick.  He’s my friend and running mentor.  He turns 70 approximately 3 weeks afer my dad does.






I love my dad.  I think he’s the smartest, toughest guy I know.  Fifty percent of my genes came from him and they fit me pretty well.  I wouldn’t trade my dad for anyone.  But lets face it, when I turn 70 years old.  I want to be a Dick.

Dick’s a pretty amazing guy.  He’s a runner (obviously) and has been for over 50 years.  Dick will tell you that there are a lot of reasons to run, but there is only one correct reason: because you love it.

Dick runs 4-5 days a week and averages about 40-45 miles.  He cross trains, lifts weights and does yoga.  And like every runner I know, he smiles all the time.

I have no doubt that Dick is a little stiff in the morning and occasionally has a hard time getting up.  That just comes with age.  But overall, he’s in better shape then most people half his age.  I choose Dick.  I want to be a big Dick when I’m 70.

You may be thirty years old, or maybe in your late twenties.  Did you just hit fifty?  I really don’t care. What I want you to know is this:  Today is the day when you need to choose your 70.  Not tomorrow.

By the time you’re sitting at your kitchen table filling out the invitations to your seventieth birthday, it’s too late to pick your 70.  That decision needs to be made right now.

So what is it?  Do you choose Dick?

If you do, then I invite you to return to this blog over the next couple of weeks.  I plan to teach you how to be the best Dick you can be through a series of interviews with none other than Dick himself.  If you are already a Dick, just a little one or a young one, that’s okay too.  Come back because you need to know how to remain a Dick for the rest of your life.  What better way to do that then to learn from a succesful Dick of almost 70 years?

That’s right, you will hear how it all began over 50 years ago, what keeps Dick going, what his training schedule is, and even hear a few stories about crazy things that have happened to him while running.  The best way to be a Dick, is to learn from one.

See you next week, Dick.

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25 thoughts on “It’s Time to Choose Your 70!

  1. I love this!! My grandpa is 88 and a carpenter and to this day spends hours in his basement surrounded by impressive work working tools and crafts EVERY day. He built his house in 1950 and made an addition in 1968 and 3 years ago repainted and floored the entire thing. Choices you make every day to keep moving and grooving will get you there. SO I choose to be a Frank (grandpa) I bet him and Dick would get along great, passion and movement!!

    • That is too cool. I love people like Frank. I hope someday people will say, “I choose to be a Diane!” Right? Thanks for commenting, I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for commenting. I hope you shared it with your Frank. Diane

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  2. I guess you know about Dr Ron Hill? Sub 2:10 marathon runner, European and Commonwealth mar champion. Now 74yo, has run every day since Dec 1968, still racing and was at a recorded lifetime running mileage of 156,676.5 miles (that “.5” tells you everything you need to know !) in August this year according to his blog here: (Really nice bloke as well, and yes – good for a laugh too.)


    • I did not know about him but I do now. Thanks for sharing! Dick just ran a marathon 2 weeks ago and came in just over four hours. Not bad. He’s faster than me. I will check out this Dr. Ron he sounds amazing. But I must say, his name doesn’t have quite the ring to it as Dick’s:)

  3. Hey! I want to be a Dick too. Very encouraging and humorous post.

    I always hated running. Now I like it. Last week I beat my old running record. I went from running, nonstop, from a mile and a half to two miles and a half.

    And you’re so right, today is the day to plan your 70, and I’m trying to just that. Thank you for this timely article.


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  4. A splash of cold water that was. And one that a lot of people, myself included, need to be reminded of. We are the master’s of our destinies. Nice to meet you on Twitter @Fey1IlseofSkye, Diane!

  5. Witty woman! I love this post 🙂 And I’m pretty sure that your keyword search results would be epic if you had changed the title to ‘How to be a big Dick at 70’. 😉 I started running this year, at 27 and hope that by the time I’m 70 I’m just like Dick.

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