While changing in the locker room following the Stepping Stone podcast after achieving a personal WORST distance in 30 minutes, and feeling a bit down about that, an older woman began to chat and told her running story. She's about to turn 70 (doesn't look it!) & could use some slimming perhaps. She was getting dressed after her (hardcore) boot camp class. Amazing, I thought... boot camp class?
Turns out that 10 years ago, she was sitting on a bench in New York City during a holiday and saw the NY marathoners pass by. She, a non runner at that time, thought, "That looks fun. I can do that. It will be a new way to see a different section of the city." So she signed up but failed to ask how far a marathon is. Then she found out- 26.2 miles! Having committed to the race, she had no intention of quitting and spent the next year training, starting off very much like we have with the Galloway method (run 3 minutes, walk 1) and just increased her time doing that every other day. She finished the NY marathon, her first event ever, as planned a year later, and went on to run 4 more marathons that year! No 5K, no 10K, no half.
She didn't and doesn't care about her time, she only wants to have fun and see different cities of the world. Now she does at least 1 marathon per year and has ever since. She may have a fast time, I don't know and didn't ask, but the attitude toward her time and the perseverance at achieving a goal most would think impossible, especially at her stage of life, inspired me to be grateful for each day I can run. Thank you, lady!