It is never too late to have a happy childhood

My mom rocks ….

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In 2009, my mom got a divorce after 38 years of marriage.  She has always been active and enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle, but she had never really worked out or been an athlete.  You see, she was born with hammer toes and has bursitis in her hips, so I was shocked when she told me she had started running.

At the age of 61, my mother met Neville, her future husband and training coach.  I remember getting a call from my mum when she was in England, and she said, “Hey Nik, I am going to run a marathon next year.”  What?  My mother had probably never run more than 2 or three miles at a time in her life, but when she makes up her mind to do something, she does it.  She decided to run a marathon once she saw the Berlin marathon and thought it would be “fun”.  She trained for 11 months and, at the age of 65, ran her first marathon in 2012 in Cologne.  It took her five hours and fourteen minutes.  Okay, so no records there, but that is still 26.2 more miles than I would run.

After this, she didn’t stop.  She also ran her first 1/2 marathon in La Jolla in 2012 in 2 hours and 32 minutes.  Since then she has completed 3 more 1/2 marathons with a fastest time of 2 hours and 12 minutes which averages just over 10 minute miles.  Wow!  Now she is 66 and has decided to train for the London Marathon.

It is never too late to change your life, get in shape, and start having fun.  Now her weekly regimen includes 2 nights of circuit training, 2 short runs (6 or so miles), and one long run (10 or so miles) a week.   Her husband is 72 and has run 26 full marathons (his fastest 3 hours and 36 mins) and countless 1/2 marathons.

So much of your life is state of mind.  It is never too late to start living!


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