In my humble opinion, running is 90% mental. This is just me talking. You have to 1) want to run, 2) have a goal, and finally 3) stick to the plan and follow through. The first two are critical points that will help you get through number three. There is always going to be a reason (for most of us) not to do something. There will never be enough time, enough money, or enough energy ~ but there always seems to be plenty of excuse to not (apply your own verb here).
Age. Getting older. I’m too old to… I went to this conference in Atlanta for work some years ago and the speaker was talking about getting stuff done. Something to that effect. It was a semi motivational but dealt with government work stuff etc…Maybe even a little boring, until he said something that I still think about to this day. He said, “we all know 20 year olds that act like they’re 60 and 60 year olds that act like they’re in their 20s“. The whole point was never giving up, continuing on and not letting age act as an impediment to keep trying, living and achieving your goals. It’s strange how that line still sticks with me. I was in my early 30s then and I just thought it was great advice. If you want to do something, don’t let age be an excuse.
Meet Chau Smith from Missouri.
She is 70 years old and ran seven marathons in seven continents….in one week. One week…did you hear that…one week. Oh and don’t be bothered that she ran over 70 races…last year. From the Huffington Post, “Smith’s legal age is 67. She told The Huffington Post that after her father was killed in the French occupation of Vietnam during the First Indochina War, her mother went into hiding while pregnant with Smith for their safety. After she was born in 1947, her mother didn’t report it for three years. That’s why she wanted to honor turning her real age ― 70 ― this year in a special way”.
Smith is part of a group called Marathon Adventures. She basically would run a marathon in one country, board a plane to the next and start all over again. Smith ran in Perth, Australia, Cairo, Amsterdam, Singapore, New York, Chile and King George Island, Antarctica.
She credits running to keeping her healthy and happy, clears her head and that helps her make better decisions.