Running at Age 72 and Age 84—Because They Can!
How many of you have been involved in a conversation where you and/or others were complaining about all the bad news that is in the media everyday? One day after hearing one too many of those conversations I decided to start sharing inspiring stories on this blog..
So I plan to counteract the big-negative-news-media-machine by
doing what I can, with what I have, where I am.
So today is the first in the series of sharing your inspiring stories.
This spring, I did the Beat Beethoven Race in Reading, PA. Afterwards I meet these two lovely sisters, Catherine and Joan. They are both firm believers in doing what they can to keep their bodies as healthy as they can.
When I was just picking up speed as a 3-year old toddler running around on my parent’s farm, Catherine was starting to run as a 40-year old woman. And she’s ran consistently since then, doing races of all lengths, even completing one full marathon.
Now at the spry young age of 84, she still runs regularly and she does one 5K (3.1 miles) race a month… always winning an age-group award.
Though I don’t run for medals, they are nice to get, so I’ll be looking for a race with no other women age 45 to 50, then I can also sport an age-group medal like Catherine does.
Many of Catherine’s friends, along with her husband, aren’t nearly as active as she is, but she has never let that stop her from doing what she can to be healthy.
Almost 30 years after Catherine started running, her younger sister Joan decided it was time to keep up with her older sister. Joan began running at age 57. Now age 72, she joins Catherine in doing one 5K a month.
I look forward to seeing these lovely ladies at another race in the coming months and years..
Thanks Catherine and Joan for doing what you can… because you can!
You’ve inspired me to keep on, keeping on… because I can!
Inspired? Leave a note for Catherine and Joan in the comments to thank them for being good role models. Also if you (or someone you know) has an inspiring story, share it below or at my Your Story page.. Other inspiring stories…
Living Each Day Well–Because She Can
Running Truly is for all Ages
Hockey and Running, Because He Can!