66 Years Young, Grandmother of 20 and a Ultra Marathoner
I started running in the early 70's and ran for UCLA track and cross country for 2 years. UCLA had a small team of runners - just 7 women. I was able to run through most of my 8 pregnancies - which included 9 children. I got a set of twin boys at the end. I can't remember not loving to run.
As I got older I shifted to ultra distances and have made the most amazing life long friends - basically we are a big happy family. I have run 83 marathon/ultras. In 1977 I did a 50K in 5:20 in Camarillo, Ca. My fastest marathon time is 3:29. I have finished 4 100-mi. races. I am 66 years young and am still signing up for races.
I will run Jackpot in Nevada - I am a Legacy runner for that race, Vol State 314 in Tennessee and heaven only knows how many others. I am so blessed to be able to run these races. I have 20 grandchildren with 1 on the way. 5 of my nine kids have run marathons and my 3rd son Seth just qualified for Boston. They are all runners - including my husband who doesn't want to admit he is a runner.
Running as a family has brought us closer together. I like Jeffrey R. Holland's quote " Don't you quit - you keep walking, you keep trying, there is help and happiness ahead." I feel running has not only made me a better person but has helped me be a better wife and mother. There is nothing better than helping each other get to the finish line.