I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning lately and came across all of my marathon medals piled on the floor in the corner of a room.
So I decided to pick them up, dust them off, and put them around my neck again.
After 30+ years as a television journalist, people like talking to me about the business, my career path, and some of my favorite or proudest professional accomplishments.
I love those conversations!
But rarely do I get asked about my personal accomplishments, like what the hardware around my neck represent.
11 medals for the 11 marathons I’ve run.
That would be a big deal for anyone, but for me, it’s a monumental deal.
You see, I was never athletic as a child or teenager.
I started teaching group fitness classes from the late 80’s to just four years ago.
But I didn’t actually start running until I was 37-years-old!
I ran my first full marathon at 38.
By 39 I had qualified for – and finished – my first Boston Marathon.
I ran my fastest marathon at 42, and at 43 I ran my second – and fastest – Boston Marathon.
I ran my third Boston Marathon at 44, the same year I decided to stop running competitively.
I am so darn proud of these medals because they represent hard work. They represent discipline.
They are reminders that age is just a number, and that the mind (mind over miles) and the body can achieve more than we sometimes give it credit for.
Each time I took my mark in my corral at the Boston Marathon, and the announcer said, “Athletes get ready” – I cried.
I cried because at the age we refer to as middle-age, I had finally become an athlete.
I don’t run marathons anymore.
But I’m still committed to challenging my body in other ways, like hot yoga and boxing.
Whatever your personal accomplishments – physical or otherwise – don’t be afraid to “wear” them proudly. And never, ever let age limit you from accomplishing any goal at any stage in life.
You’ve heard the saying, “Love what you do and it never feels like work”? Well I absolutely love when work and finding synergy with someone