For many of us, running a marathon is a dream. In the grand scheme of things, training for and finishing a marathon is fairly doable: train smart, avoid injuries, pace yourself well on race day, and you’ll be rewarded with a medal around your neck, a T-shirt and bragging rights for life. But what if you did it at 100 years of age?
Fauja Singh, who turned 100 this past April, decided he wanted to run his eighth marathon. So he did, completing it yesterday in Toronto in a time of 8 hours, 11 minutes. He credits his success to working with a coach and eating a light diet of mostly tea, toast, and curry according to CBCNews Canada.
Age is But a Number
It really is all about mindset and daily commitments to healthy living. I won’t bring the ice cream home from the grocery store, I will pick up the kettlebell and do a few swings, I will make a workout appointment with my friend, I will play in the park with my son. There are a hundred decisions a day we make to live more or less healthfully. Which one are you going to choose at 9:00 am? Which one are you going to choose at 9:23 am? And so on …
What’s Your Goal?
If it’s been a while since you’ve picked a fitness goal, then maybe now is the right time. Sit and think for a bit about what you’d like to do next. It can be a very small thing (do abs work three times this week for 10 minutes each) or it can be a big thing (sign up for a marathon and find a running coach!), but make it achievable and make sure it has a beginning and an end; indefinite goals always fail. My fitness goal is one I was reminded of during my week at the yoga retreat EscapetoShape.com: my pushups aren’t that great. My new goal is to do 10 perfect pushups from my toes. I hope I can get there by December 1st.
Let me know if you have a goal and especially if you have a question about achieving it. I’ll be happy to help you get there. Here’s some more info on how to set a realistic goal.