The past few months, I’ve definitely spent days wondering about how long I’ll be able to keep up my own running/fitness schedule. How would entering my 50’s this year impact my physical and mental fitness? As fate would have it, I had the opportunity to view a new documentary “The Human Race”. This movie takes a look a 6 runners over the age of 50 as they train for 6 different races. Hearing their stories will alter the way you perceive aging and perhaps give you a new sense of optimism for your own future.
The Human Race
I was not expecting to be so moved by all of their stories. The first runner profiled is Kathrine Switzer. You may remember her as the first woman to run the Boston marathon 50 years ago. Now, at 71 years old, she just ran the New York Marathon with a motto of “the more you do the more you can do”.
The other 5 runners in the Human Race are everyday runners and that’s what makes them so extraordinary. They all have their own reasons for starting to run later in life and they are all stellar examples of how to truly live your life to the fullest. Running, for them, however, has brought so much goodness into their lives. In addition to the health and wellness benefits they have all experienced, they have a new sense of purpose. Running gets them up and out everyday to keep moving and keep thriving. These “senior” runners have new social lives and are encouraging others to join them in their quest for longevity.
Check out this trailer of the Human Race
If you are looking for some motivation this weekend, check out the full version of The Human Race to rent on amazon prime or itunes. These runners are challenging the stereotypes of aging and showing all of us that there are no limits. Let me know if you give it a watch! You won’t be sorry!
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