A Body in Motion

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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?

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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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2 Comments on “A Body in Motion

  1. Greetings from Baton Rouge! After attending my annual checkup and being given the data that supports the reason I have “thick thighs” and “back fat”, I knew I needed to start dieting and moving again! I signed up for the Omada healthy weight loss program through our state insurance and have been on their plan for a month. This is a great plan that allows members a free program with a health coach and 10 other group members in your area who are all there for the same reason. They send you a very nice digital scale that you must weigh yourself on each morning and your weight is electronically sent to your health coach. Once a week there is a lesson you have to read and then answer some questions. It’s not very much work and doesn’t require a lot of effort for what you can achieve by participating and the best part is that it’s all FREE!

    Week four begins with beginning an exercise program. So, on Monday, I started getting up at 5:00 a.m. and going for a brisk walk. Even jogged as much as my heavy chest would let me. LOL

    I’ve lost 4.7 pounds in a month and am feeling really good by only having 3 days of exercise. I am realizing I’m aging and so is my body. It seems like I have aches and pains in places I never have. Reading about this lady was inspiring to me and it was good motivation for me today! Now, let’s not be ridiculous….I’m not doing a marathon!

    • Hey never say never! That sounds like a GREAT plan. Please keep me posted. My sister started walking every morning as part of her lifestyle change, and it has literally changed her life. She motivates me as much as I do her. She has lost 45 pounds but more importantly has increased energy and is much happier. Stay in touch. Change is hard, and we need each other for support.

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