>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.
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She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.
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?!