I have only been what I consider to be a “runner” for about 2 1/2 years. When I was a young child I studied ballet and dance, played sports, and was generally active. In high school I focused on field hockey, and as a younger adult I went back to dance, played pick up basketball and the occasional softball game and tennis match. The farthest I ever ran was up and down a basketball court or around the bases, and I was never. very.fast. My knees did not appreciate the quick stops, starts and turns, and I did not like the feeling that my lungs might burst from lack of air. So, I didn’t run for nearly 20 years.
But I did start running in my 50’s, and it is all still pretty new to me. I need to remember my own words of advice about patience, persistence and perseverence.
I ran the New Year’s resolution 5k in January and after the race sat at a table chatting with an 85 year old gentleman who told me to never stop running. I don’t need to tell you why.
If you don’t believe that it is never too late to start learning or improving your physical fitness, just watch this video clip from BBC Radio:
95 Year Old Sets a New 200 Metre Record