….and My Story Runs On….
Just kidding….well, maybe they do go into a bar but only after going for a run!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO START RUNNING!
I sit here and think, I’ve only been running for about 5-6 years and knowing what I know now, I wish I would’ve started before! But I’m very glad to know that assuming nothing happens to me, I have another 40+ years in me! Yeah, freaking yeah! (Knowing this always makes me feel better especially since I’ve had to taper my running down in the last few months to heal my foot).
First of all, have you heard about this new study that says Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long Lasting Benefits? That’s right, running doesn’t have to be something that you do for 2 hours a day or anything. It’s one of the easiest things you can do and requires very little equipment and expense (I always say a good pair of shoes and a class to learn proper form, like ChiRunning, and you are good to go anywhere, anytime!).
I’m very blessed to do what I love to do and nothings makes me happier than hearing about “older” people that are running. Just in the last month:
- I had the honor to have a private session with a 73 year old woman who wanted to learn to run! Her son contacted me and we worked out a plan and I couldn’t have been more excited to do this! I’m just waiting for her to decide when she is ready for her first 5K. She started out with 10 minutes and is working her way up. She’s an avid golfer, walker and yogi…and now wanted to change things up a bit with some running! Love to surround myself with people who want to keep growing no matter their age.
- Do you remember one of my blog posts about Doc Gooding: You’re doing what at 69 years old? He took my ChiRunning workshop a few years ago and apparently hasn’t been the same since ;) ! He sent me another email on 8/24/14:
“Hope you are doing well…Just wanted to give you an update. I competed in the USA Triathlon National Sprint Championships a few weeks ago in Milwaukee. There were 32 participants in my age group 70-74. I came in 14th in the age group with a time of 1:30 which qualified me for Team USA. That was my main goal…to get on Team USA! So, I will be representing the USA in the World Championships September 2015 in the Chicago. My time for the race was 10 minutes faster than my previous time for the same distance. A good part of that was improved run time…I have been focusing on getting my cadence up. My pace on the run was 10:03….my previous best race pace was 11:09. I focused on getting and keeping my pace up the whole race.”
- Last but not least, I was scrolling through facebook and read about the 91 year old who started running marathons at 76. Her name is Harriette Thompson and she broke two records: fastest course time for her age group by 2 hours AND 2nd oldest marathon finisher in world history at the 2014 San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon. She’s completed 15 marathons AND she’s battling skin cancer AND had 9 radiation treatments a month before the race AND she raised $90K for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
All I can say is:
Too many people use their age as a reason not to do things. Life is too short to not explore your potential and see how far you can take your body and mind. I’m looking forward to My Running Story to keep going and going….. What will you be doing when you’re 70? or 90? I think it’s time to start working on that bucket list……
From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)