>General Running>Who inspires you?
I know a lot of fast runners. A few sub-3:00 hour marathoners. Want to know who personally inspires me the most? Some lady in my neighborhood I don't even know. She's probably early 40's, had a few kids, and has a backside roughly the size of Texas. As far as I can tell, she has absolutely no actual knowledge of running; and I know she has no running clothes at all - the woman actually runs in BLUE JEANS! Seriously.
Needs more cowbell!
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
If you could see the look of determination on her face when she is running in general and during a race especially (during training runs I am normally the stronger runner, but during a race she blows me away by setting a strong pace and never wavering). She has come so far in a fairly short period of time that I just smile when I see her bearing down on a difficult run.
Sorry this was so long…
Don't be sorry--that was really beautiful. It's stories like that that make me think a marathon may even be in my future. Your wife has inspired more than just you.
I'm inspired by older runners... I mean much older! There are two women, probably mid-70s or so, who run on the same route that I do. They don't go particularly fast but they're out there pretty often and I think it's pretty amazing to be running to be out there at that age. I know it's unrealistic to think I'll be able to run till I'm an old, old man (unless I happen to have the perfect genetic profile of super-strong cartilage and collagen, I guess) but I still find it pretty inspiring.
I know it's unrealistic to think I'll be able to run till I'm an old, old man (unless I happen to have the perfect genetic profile of super-strong cartilage and collagen, I guess).
...Which is why I want to strenuously object to this part of your comment... To quote Colonel Sherman Potter ..... HORSEFEATHERS!
After looking over the results-links JakeMcKnight posted, I would like to retract my previous comment... I hadn't really every looked at the stats of these Ultras close enough to realize that they are dominated by the older crowd. That's very inspiring indeed.
Jake: Your post was... AWESOME! I challenge you to a 100 mile foot-race in the year 2054! See you then.
And just for fun - and because I plan to compete for Zoom-zoom's "world's biggest dork" title - I just googled the American age-group running records. Ready to feel slow?
P.S. 42-year old Eddy Hellebuyck from Albequerque ran the 5-k in 2003 in 14:13. Yeah. Again,not a typo. 14:13. For some of us, that's probably a decent mile pace.
Roads were made for journeys...
Today's my birthday - and I was feeling a little old (though I know I'm not!). These are perfect! Thank you for your perfectly timed "birthday present."
Hey, does this mean you're older than me, now?!