How many times have you said that you feel old, are getting old, are too old for something, etc.?Well, I’m about to [hopefully] change your perspective on things a little. And I’ll admit, I’m one of those I’m too old for this, that or the other types, but after my experience at the gym this morning, I’ll be thinking twice before even uttering the word old.
So, I headed to the gym this morning to complete a 3-3.5 mile run/walk workout on the treadmill. My desire to run this morning was not very high, but I dragged myself out of bed regardless. When I got to the gym, I picked a treadmill that was smack dab in the middle of the televisions, as I wanted to be able to watch several channels at once (low motivation, people!). About 10 minutes into my run, a familiar looking 80 something year old man gets on the treadmill to my left, and a few minutes later, a 40 something year old woman gets on the treadmill to his left. It was obvious that they’ve known one another for a long time.
As I was run/walking my way through my workout, I couldn’t help but
eavesdrop overhear their conversation. The woman was talking about the 10k she’s training for, how she usually runs three miles every morning, and how training is different now that she’s older. She then asked the older gentleman about his running experiences (this is when the conversation caught my attention). He then proceeded to tell her about the FIVE marathons he ran between the ages of…are you ready for this??…66 and 72!!! Yes, you read that right! I couldn’t believe my ears, and I couldn’t stop stealing glances his way. Here I was huffing and puffing my way through mile number two while this man ran five freakin’ marathons. And here’s the real kicker, he still gets up between 5:30 and 6:00 every morning, goes to the gym, and walks 3-4 miles. He was familiar looking because he’s at the gym every morning!
After catching me looking at him one too many times, he engaged me in the conversation. I asked him how he did/does it. I also wanted to know how he stays motivated and finds the energy. He laughed a little at my questions and told me it was quite simple really…
…cook at home as much as possible,
…avoid fast food as much as possible,
…take one step, then take another,
…don’t let self-doubt get in the way, you really can do whatever you put your mind to,
…never forget that health is true wealth,
…and always remember, age is just a number!
And with those words of inspiration, I completed 4 miles this morning.
Are you an “I’m too old for this” kind of person like me?