In the April edition of Runner’s World Magazine, there’s a story about Chau Smith, a 71-year-old resident of Kansas City, Missouri. In 2017, she completed the Triple 7 Quest – a series of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. As luck would have it, a new continent was added two weeks and some change after she completed her adventure. So, what does a 71-year-old woman do? This year she did the Triple 8 Quest – 8 marathons in 8 continents in 8 days. What did you think she would do?
I am constantly astounded at the engineering of the human body. A friend of mine is planning to run her first marathon this year, and she was worried that she wouldn’t be able to do it being over 50 and all. I told her how I ran my first marathon at 48. The key is to listen to your body, get some coaching and slowly build up. The body adapts. In fact, my friend Jessica says that our bodies will still respond to exercise at the same rate as it does in our 30s until we are well into our 80s. It may take a little longer to see the results, but the muscle mass strengthens.
I’m training for my 13th half marathon in October. It’s been five years since I’ve raced that distance. I’m a little nervous about getting in shape again for it, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I have to admit when I read that article in Runner’s World I felt a little silly. This woman is 71 and ran 209.6 miles in an 8-day window PLUS she flew all over the world in between. Oh yeah…. her last race was in Antarctica. And I whine about a little ice on the road.
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