The Topic for today is: If you could go on a run with any celebrity, who would you go with?
Wow, this is hard. How can I pick one person??
So my first pick would be Joan Benoit Samuelson.
If you have never watched this video, you must (with tissues nearby): Joan Benoit 1984
I’m old enough to remember the 1984 Olympics in LA. I was actually in Israel at the time. No interest in running. I think I watched the gymnastics events only.
Joan qualified for the race 2 weeks after having knee surgery!!!
Then I started running. And Joan Benoit Samuelson has become my IDOL… She is in her 60s too and she is STILL running and trying for records. (Our birthdays are both in MAY as well!)
I actually met her a few years ago at the Freihofer Run for Women Expo. (I even got her autograph.)
I was also lucky enough to run with her when she came to Albany, NY back in 2012 to premiere her movie.
My second pick may not be someone everyone knows. She is not a former Olympian but she has become my newest idol – Jeannie Rice.
This lady is 72 years old has been running for 37 years without a single injury. She holds the world and/or national record at every distance.
She has run 150 marathons and still runs at least 11-12 miles each day (6-8 marathons a year.)
If you have time, listen to her interview on this podcast.
Both of these older runners have not let age hold them back. Obviously, they have native ability but we know that just gets you so far. I’d love to run with either of them and hopefully their zest for life and running would rub off on me.
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Happy Running! Who is your running idol(s)? And whom would you love to run with? Please share.