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I am old, and I am fast.

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

I never take the easy way.

You run with me right now.

What am I?

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my answer is

assembly language!

I am old, and I am fast.

assembly dates back to the beginnings of computing

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

it is one of the lowest level programming languages you can find

I never take the easy way.

it is a very difficult language

You run with me right now.

and your running it on your computer as we speak

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    $\begingroup$ most likely not the answer, but +1 for thinking outside the box $\endgroup$ – Keltari Jul 25 '16 at 15:23
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    $\begingroup$ Well, the question is by JavaProphet... $\endgroup$ – aznbanana9 Jul 25 '16 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ Why is it "most likely not the answer"? Sounds like a pretty good answer to me. $\endgroup$ – bg6471 Jul 26 '16 at 0:18
  • $\begingroup$ Lots of great answers, but this is the correct one. $\endgroup$ – JavaProphet Jul 26 '16 at 2:18
  • $\begingroup$ I don't get the "you run with me right now". Binaries are in machine code, not assembly language. Strictly speaking they're as different as C and machine code, except that assembly is closer to a one-to-one, direct-translation relationship with machine code (but not 100%). As far as I know, at least. $\endgroup$ – Nicolas Miari Jul 26 '16 at 12:06
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The answer is:

my shadow

I am old, and I am fast.

your shadow has been around as long as you have, shadows always keep up with you

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

Since light often comes from above, shadows stay on the ground

I never take the easy way.

shadows will fall on any terrain, even difficult

You run with me right now.

your shadow follows you everywhere

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The answer is:

Water

I am old, and I am fast.

Water is old because most of it is never destroyed just vaporizes and condenses again and again. Water is fast in rivers, waterfalls, rain, etc.

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

Water always flows down from heights (like mountains). Another reason: Water changes to the ice in heights and so it dislike heights.

I never take the easy way.

Water can flow in narrow and difficult paths. Water can reach to non-accessible spaces between rocks, etc. And if it was in a easy way like flat road, it will lose its continuity and will vaporize easier.

You run with me right now.

Most part of our body is water and without it, we cannot continue the life.

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Never used spoilers so hope it worked

The Earth

I am old, and I am fast.

4.5 Billion Years old and moving around the sun at 30 km/sec

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

Can't get much lower than that

I never take the easy way.

Flying through space, anything can collide into it

You run with me right now.

We are on the planet

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! A very good answer.. +1. $\endgroup$ – Sid Jul 25 '16 at 17:48
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My answer is

Energy

I am old, and I am fast.

Energy is as old as the universe, and is fast (reference to kinetic energy maybe?)

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

Things will always try to move to a lower energy state. I dislike heights could be an example of gravitational energy (gravity being my other possible answer)

I never take the easy way.

By imparting energy, you are inputting work. Not easy!

You run with me right now.

Without energy, you probably wouldn't be running very far!

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You are...

Problems

I am old, and I am fast.

Problems are as old as time itself, and they pile up faster than accomplishments.

I prefer to stay low, I dislike heights.

People with problems are in a low period of their life - depression, sadness, anguish, grief. While those who are on a 'high' don't notice their problems at all.

I never take the easy way.

Solving a problem is never easy - you just create more problems.

You run with me right now.

Everybody has problems - it's a fact of life.

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