The other day my husband sent me this incredibly inspiring story. A 103 year old woman ran the 50 and 100 meter dashes at the Albuquerque Senior games and won two gold medals. Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins of Baton Rouge, Louisiana set a new record for the 100 plus age division. Julia didn’t start running until she was 101 and prepares for her races by simply working in her yard. She took up cycling in her 80’s and when she became the only competitor in her division her children suggested she take up running. Now she is the oldest woman to ever compete on an American track. Julia said that as you get older you need new challenges to stay alive and alert. When she turned 101 she found a new adventure in running and it has brought her joy and helped her find the “magic moments.”
Since then, many people have reposted the story online. Today Marie Osmond referenced the article and how moved she was by it. She felt so inspired by Julia stepping out of her comfort zone to have a new adventure and challenge, which led to her finding and experiencing the “magic moments.” Marie said that “It’s up to us whether we stay safe in the harbor or challenge ourselves, no matter what our age in life, to get out on the water and find ourselves signing up to live life to the fullest!”
As a runner, I so related to Julia. I am 65.5 years of age, and usually run 6 days a week totalling around 36 miles. I then walk the other day. I give thanks everyday that I am healthy and can continue doing what I love. Not only does running fulfill my exercise requirements along with yoga, weights and stretching, it helps me destress, keep active, meditate and be in the moment. The benefits for me are beyond any other activity. I find so many “Magic Moments” during my runs – hearing and seeing the waves crashing on the shore, the seagulls and pelicans flying overhead, the joy in children’s faces as they dig in the sand, the rock sculptures that stand on edge maintaining perfect balance, seeing friends and fellow runners and waving hello, and being out on some of the runs with my husband. Very special indeed. So many magical moments.
I do though wonder sometimes how much longer I will be able to do this. And many people have asked me what my secret is! No secret at all. I just desire to do it, I am disciplined to do it, I make the time to do it, and I alternate between 2 pair of good running shoes that I replace after about 230 miles each. So quarterly, I buy 2 new pairs. Without fail. That would be my secret. And I do not push myself to be the fastest – I go at my pace and finish my race!
I look forward to many more years of activity through my running and walking. I am shooting to run till I am atleast 105!!!!!
To your good health! And to your Magic Moments!
With Light and Love,