If you're in a "running funk" or just need a little push to run faster or longer, nothing beats seeing or reading about real people in action doing inspirational things that show us how great running can be.
This week, I read two stories about two remarkable masters aged runners. One is about a runner who runs for the sheer joy of running and the second is about a man who ran faster than even he thought possible:
#1) Backwards Runner - His name is Cedric Givens. He is 60 years old, but doesn't look it. He runs through Washington DC backwards almost daily. He has been called names and even had trash thrown at him while he runs backwards and spins around, but not everyone thinks he's crazy. In fact this story and video of his daily run through DC is inspiring and the it's hard not to be moved by the constant smile that running brings to his face as well as to those people he runs past. Read the article here. See the video below:
#2) 46 year old breaks 4:20 in the mile: - His name is Brad Barton and he is 46 years old. A little over a week ago at a track meet, he broke the 45M indoor mile record by almost 4 seconds. His time was an astounding 4:16.84. Barton is currently coached by his college track coach and has his sights on the outdoor mile age group record. According to this story, his son who is a Division I collegiate runner,called him an old man. He was told by his dad that he can't call him old until he can beat him in the mile! Touché Mr. Barton.
Anyone else read/see anything inspiring this week?