Not everyone who runs has done it all their lives.
I can guarantee you that.
I remember asking in a Facebook group I was in how many women had taken up running later on in life. There was an overwhelming majority that said they were in their 30s or older.
Just because you weren’t into fitness when you were younger doesn’t mean you can’t get into it now.
There are many cases of people in their 40s and older taking up sport and excelling.
- Sister Madonna Buder was 48 when she started to run, she ended up running a 3:30 Boston Marathon and over the years opened up new age groups in Ironman triathlon – she competed as an 80-year-old.
- Ed Whitlock set age group world records up until his death from cancer last year. Aged 72 he ran a 2:59 marathon then shaved another four minutes off the following year.
- Charles Eugster started a fitness programme aged 85 and went on to compete in track and field, rowing and bodybuilding.
You might be reading this and thinking that world records are out of your reach, and that is fine, but being active isn’t only about being the best in the world.
It’s about doing your best and living your best life with what you have.
Take my mum, she’s 68.
A month before her 67th birthday in 2016 she took part in her first parkrun. On her 68th birthday weekend last November she completed her 50th parkrun and on Christmas Day she achieved a new PB.
She knows she is never going to set any records. She knows that she is never going to be a podium placer in events.
And she is fine with that, because she knows that what she is doing is her best and she is enjoying it.
Here’s a link to her run report after her 50th parkrun. Her next goal is to run 12 different events in 2018 and achieve 25 different volunteering stints.
So while you may be feeling fat and lazy after Christmas, or unfit because you have been unwell, or unmotivated because of all the aforementioned, take this moment to reflect on what you have done in the past and what you want to achieve in the future.
What goals are you setting for yourself?
Do you want to run more regularly, achieve a new parkrun PB, challenge yourself to a new distance?
Whatever it is, remember that you can do it if you believe you can.
Click here to find out how you can work with me to achieve your goals.