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About Mary Lou Harris

Mary Lou Harris is a proponent of active living, community volunteerism and inquisitive travel. After a post age 60 retirement from a career in public service, she expanded those interests to include ultra-trail running, hiking and extended-stay travel. She can be contacted through her website https://stillarunner.com or on Twitter at @stillarunner.
Latest Posts | By Mary Lou Harris
Are You Old Enough to Know Better?
1 month ago

Are You Old Enough to Know Better?

A friend who is 10 years younger than me and I have a running joke. Her mother sometimes disapproves of our joint outdoor adventures, so she will frequently say, “Mary Lou is old enough to know better,” all in a joking way. Read More

How Taking Part in a Track Competition Is a Metaphor for Life After 60
2 months ago

How Taking Part in a Track Competition Is a Metaphor for Life After 60

As a distance runner, the track world was a mystery to me. A recent experience, my first track meet competition, was daunting and something I approached with apprehension. Read More

5 Suggestions for Planning a Road Trip or Vacation with Siblings
3 months ago

5 Suggestions for Planning a Road Trip or Vacation with Siblings

By  •  Family

A suggestion from my wise older brother resulted in spending several days traveling with our other siblings. On the second day of our travels, it occurred to me that this was the longest space of time I had spent with several sisters and brothers since my late teens. Read More

What Watching the Royal Wedding Taught Me About Finding Serenity in Solitude
5 months ago

What Watching the Royal Wedding Taught Me About Finding Serenity in Solitude

Like many who are not close watchers of all things royal, I did make an exception and watched the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I planned to watch for the pageantry, to admire the hats and to see the royal family and the finely-dressed A-list guests. Read More

How to Approach Changes in Activity and Lifestyle After 60
6 months ago

How to Approach Changes in Activity and Lifestyle After 60

There is a time in life for almost everything, and of course, a time when we put some joys of our life aside. But when? And do we self-select by incrementally cutting back? Read More

3 Exciting Senior Games That Prove Athletic Competition is Not Just for Kids
7 months ago

3 Exciting Senior Games That Prove Athletic Competition is Not Just for Kids

Do you yearn for more physical activity in your life – perhaps a sport from your youth? You may have a secret passion for something you have not yet tried. We still have opportunities, so why not explore them? Read More

Be Responsible… Then Go Out and Play!
9 months ago

Be Responsible… Then Go Out and Play!

I feel great that I am still learning from friends. A recent talk with one of my more responsible friends could apply to most of us over 60, so please allow me to share our exchange with you. Read More

7 Gift Giving Ideas for the Senior Fitness Fanatics
11 months ago

7 Gift Giving Ideas for the Senior Fitness Fanatics

Do you have a few blank spaces next to the names of friends and relatives who continue – or have begun – to pursue exercise or athletic endeavors in their senior years? Read More

Don’t Let the “What If’s” of Traveling Solo Hold You Back!
12 months ago

Don’t Let the “What If’s” of Traveling Solo Hold You Back!

By  •  Travel

Traveling solo can be an enriching and affirming experience. It can also be filled with worry and anxiety if we let self-doubt cloud our journey.

Take on the ‘what if’s’ by planning ahead and putting yourself in charge of the resolutions to possible problems. Consider worst case scenarios and mentally problem solve in advance. Read More

How to Stay Safe in Your 60s with Low-tech Safety Accessories
1 year ago

How to Stay Safe in Your 60s with Low-tech Safety Accessories

Being properly prepared for our own safety is important for everyone.

For those of us over 60 years of age it’s imperative we not only stay active to maintain as much strength as possible, but that we supplement our strength with accessories, which may or may not have a bit of flash and sash to them. Read More