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 :)