Yes! I’m officially training for the great Boston Marathon again. This will be marathon number 17 and the third time at Boston. Fitting that I will be running it again at age 60 and, you know what…I’m going for it. I want to run the best and fastest marathon ever. Why not? I heard 60 is the new 40. But age is just a number anyway. It’s our paradigm of aging that’s hard to ignore.
Take a look at the Boston time qualifications for instance. Qualifying times get longer as the age groups get older. The times increase 5 to 10 minutes per age group until age 60 when the time increases 15 minutes. What’s that about? I went to the doctor and she ordered tons of additional tests for me because I turned 60. She even ordered a prescription of vitamin D for me because she was sure I needed it. So far all of the tests are fine—even at 60. Nope, I didn’t need the vitamin D. I already take a number of vitamins and herbs to maintain my health. They work!
I needed role models so I did some research and found a great article on athletes over 60. For instance, Pat Gallant-Charette, 63 years old and a full time registered nurse, took up open water swimming 15 years ago. With no prior experience she is now on her way to becoming the fifth finisher ever (not to mention the oldest) of the Oceans Seven, the most challenging and longest open-water swims in the world. She has three swims to go and will take on the North Channel, a tough swim between Great Britain and Ireland in 2015.
How about Yuichiro Miura, who became the oldest person to summit the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, in May of 2013 at the age of 80. That’s 29,035 feet above sea level. No easy feat for anyone. Four thousand people have attempted the climb but only 660 have succeeded. Miura has reached the summit three times in his lifetime—all over the age of 70.
Pretty inspiring, wouldn’t you agree? All I’m hoping for is a measly PR in the marathon at age 60. After all, my last PR was at age 56. I made a miraculous leap in running ability in my fifties—certainly not normal. Running a marathon, as in any endurance sport, is more mental. The body will perform as you believe it will. I must admit, I made miraculous mental leaps in my fifties too—and the running is evidence of that. Anything is possible—even qualifying for Boston at the age of 54 (with a qualifying time for a 40 year old). That was me!
Let’s break barriers together!
Training Report: I’m starting a six-month training program at a base of 30 miles including a long run of 11 miles. My weekly routine also includes one day each of Bikram Yoga, Boot Camp class and Pilates. I feel strong with no injuries.
Book Note: The book is now taking a priority. I’m close to completing my fourth audio CD, AVOID HIRING MISTAKES—The Seven Biggest Hiring Mistakes Hiring Managers Make. All four of my CD’s will soon be available on my speaker website. www.doloreslara.com
Life events happen for a reason. I have gained valuable insight and experience over the past year with my speaking and producing the CDs. My ever changing and challenging love relationship gave me pause—I didn’t know how the book would end. Now I do. I’m looking forward to completing the book.