Wednesday, November 6, 2013

You Can't Run From the Truth

Joy Johnson was oldest woman in the New York marathon this past Sunday. She was an amazing 86 years young. She died the next day. It was the 25th time she ran in the marathon. She fell and hit her head at mile 20, got back up and FINISHED the race.The next day she took a nap and died in her sleep.

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? 



Kelliann said...

I read the news story on this yesterday and thought about how bitter-sweet it is. This woman loved running so much, that, if given the choice, she probably would have chosen to go just as she did - in a post-marathon glow.
I pray for peace for her family, but it seems they feel similarly.
May we all find such joy and love in life.

E. Jane said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have not been posting in recent months, but I think I'm back. I have, however, been checking in on your blog. I agree that running did not kill Joy Johnson. It gave her "Joy." (pun somewhat intended) We all need to find our best selves, or life can be pretty dismal. Perhaps it's the journey itself that gives us life. Anyway, I'm in...and I believe that you are too!

Caron said...

I think her life and death are amazing and motivating. I was just thinking that I would skip my yoga class this morning and work on insurance stuff. Nope, I'm going. Thanks, Jane. :)