Thu, 5 October 2006
"I've done almost 850 miles of training." She said with a hint of pride.
"What" I said?
"Yes, I've done almost 850 miles of training for the 3 Day Walk." This was said as if it was an everyday occurrence.
I sat in my chair and was just amazed. Could this be true? I did the math. Yep, must be right.
A few days later.....
"I did 13 miles today. It was warm, but we had a great time. The next day we did another 8." She said
"What? Really? I'm amazed." I said.
I paused for a minute and said "You are 70 years old."
Without pause, like it was expected, she replied, "Yep."
The conversation continued. She had asked about what I eat and drink, so I told her about NUUN. I love this stuff. It is so amazing. A few days later I got another E-Mail.
"Hey - I tried that NUUN stuff and LOVE it."
"Yeah, it is great stuff." I said.
"I used it on my 2nd bottle, and it made a difference, the taste is so mellow. I just love it." she said like a seasoned athlete.
"What flavor do you like?" I said.
That exchange of E-Mails was not out of the ordinary until you look at who I was talking to. This was a women who at age 40 or even 50 had never walked 5 miles in a row. EVER. All of the sudden she got the bug, started to walk and did the Disney 1/2 Marathon. If I have my facts right, she even won her age group once. Ok, so what's so weird about this? Well, this is a women who now talks as much about running as I do. E-Mails like:
"Hey, I found these new socks, you have to try them." or
"What gels do you use?" or
"Hey, I love this NUUN stuff, but what flavor do you use?"
You get the picture. Before I end this story, lets give you a few more details....
This women has training and finished the 3 Day Walk before. She raised money for Breast Cancer and walked 3 straight days about 20 miles a day. This is awesome for a 50 year old, much less a 70 year old. I can remember she E-Mailed me right before she did it last year. I told her "I bet you sign up again next year. This type of thing just gets in your blood." A few days after the finish, I got the E-Mail. "You are right. I did it again. I signed up."
This year, she is doing it again. She has trained by doing over 850 miles. She is just like me - age means nothing. In fact, if you look at her, ask her, or talk to her, you might guess she is 50 at the most. Just ask the young girls she trains with and have a hard time keeping up.
Oh, one last thing. This young 70 year old women is my Mom! My incredible mom!
Good luck on the the 3-Day this year!
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT