Joy came to running late in life. Once she established her healthy love of the sport She said hoped she would die running. She came close to getting her wish. I bet her running shoes were still warm when she passed.
In an interview before the race she said
“I’ll be at the back of the pack, but I don’t mind. I just praise the Lord I can get out of bed each morning and run. A lot of people my age are in wheelchairs.”How many people are going to read that an older woman died a day after running the race and use that as an excuse not to start ANY program of exercise? My mother could barely walk a mile and had not run more than a block in thirty years. She died at seventy one.
How many people are going to miss the wonderful message Joy expressed by running marathons in her sixties, seventies and eighties. How many people are going to use excuses like achy knees, crampy feet and busy schedules to say why they can't possibly establish an exercise routine.
You don't have to run 26.2 miles. You can walk 26.2 miles. You can walk 2 miles and build on that slowly. Or you can swim, bike or sweat to the oldies. It does not matter what you do as long as you do something and sweat a little.
Running did not kill Joy Johnson. Running gave her life.
How will you sweat today?