Recently, the running world mourned the loss of Harriette Thompson, a 94 year old 2 time cancer survivor, who set the record for the fastest half-marathon for a woman in her age group. In a sport where youth and speed are celebrated advantages, Ms. Thompson just raised the bar for what many of us really want on our bucket list: to run for the rest of our lives.
As I pondered the many things I’ve accomplished in my short running journey as well as those goals I’d yet like to achieve, I look at Harriette in awe. She’s my hero. She’s my inspiration. I want to be like her when I grow up.
Although not much of a thing in Road races, triathletes are required to have their age written on the back of their calf. I don’t know why, really, but I always loved seeing women a decade or more older than me pouring their heart and soul into their run. More often than not, I’ll say something encouraging, telling her she inspires me. Just like Harriette Thompson.
I want to run forever. That is really what is at the top of my bucket list. Let me keep doing this, I don’t care how fast or slow or where or when or if I’m wearing a costume or not. Just let me run until This Journey is over and God calls me Home. [Read more…] about What is REALLY on my running bucket list?