Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's never too late

I have two highly inspiring stories to share with you.

I came across an article in the New York Times Sports section about Kathy Martin several weeks ago and have read it through a couple of times now. She is such an inspiration! Kathy is 60 years old, and is setting national and world records at multiple distances on the track. Even better, she did not go for her first run until she was 30 years old. And much like my own experience, her first run was NOT easy, and it took time, effort, and consistent work to make progress. I love this quote from the story about her first run with her husband.

"Ten minutes into the trot, she lay down exhausted in the middle of Clark Drive in East Northport. “Get up or a car is going to hit you,” her husband said. And when she caught her breath, she answered, “I hope it does.”"

and later in the article - "She wondered: If I cannot run a mile at 30, will I even be able to walk one at 60?"

If you would like to read the full article in the NY Times about her amazing story, you can find it here.  It's a really good read!

And for some more inspiration, you need to take five minutes and watch this beautiful video.


Roger (who didn't start running until he was 47 and was very overweight) ran in the 2009 Boston Marathon, and has run 12 marathons since, continuing to run for his niece Julia (who is still alive) and raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Amazing! If you didn't, watch the video!

Both of this stories are such beautiful examples of how it is NEVER TOO LATE to change your life. It is never too late to get healthy. It is never too late to chase after your dreams. It is never too late to try something new. It is never too late to find a new talent. It is never too late to find new greatness in yourself.

Two quotes that go perfectly with these stories - 

"It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh :)




19 comments:

L.A. Runner said...

Love it! :)

i Run said...

Love it Erin! Just what I needed! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Annet said...

Thanks so much - reminds me of why I need to keep getting back out there, even when it is hard!

Christy MyDirtRoadAnthem said...

Love these kinds of stories thanks for sharing!

Bill Fine said...

Love reading/seeing stories such as those....proof positive that anything is possible with determination. Thanks for posting!

fancy nancy said...

LOVE these stories!!! You're right! It is NEVER too late to find who you were always meant to be!!

misszippy said...

Great stories--thanks for sharing. And totally agree--it is NEVER too late!

Mark Matthews said...

Someone recently told me "We should focus on affecting our kids lives because it's too late to affect our own." That was about the saddest thing I ever heard.

brg said...

I read that story of Kathy Martin too. I started running after I turned 50(7 months ago) and hope to have many, many years of running in my future. I just ran my first half marathon and decided that my finish time 2:01:38 needs to GO!!!

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

AWESOME. And yes, it is NEVER too late! Thanks for sharing!! xo

Christina said...

I loved that video, when you Tweeted it yesterday, I had to keep sharing. I love stories when people overcome what they at times never thought they could and reach their goals. Always rooting for the underdog :-)

Tia said...

Very inspiring stories! I love reading things like this!

Julia said...

amazing post. wow. i needed this today. and possibly what i loved the most was the winnie the pooh quote :) today i had exactly that experience that i might be stronger than i think i am. :) have a wonderful day!

Laura said...

So inspiring, I love this!

Kathy said...

WONDERFUL! I'm a late in life runner and I just can't get enough of these stories!

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

I read the Kathy Martin story when it came out... truly inspirational - as you are. I never cease to be amazed at what people can do.

Katrin said...

I can't believe how emotional I felt after seeing these 2 stories. Even though I don't run long distances as I am a fairly newbie runner, I can relate with the weight issue. I am down 86 lbs so far and started running just before I turned 50. Also, great job on the Boston marathon Erin! You are very inspirational.

Suz and Allan said...

How inspiring!

Denise said...

Love this post! I am just starting my own journey to get healthy and I find your blog to be so inspirational. Thank you for sharing these other amazing stories!