Sunday, December 1, 2019

2019 Inspiring People of the Year the "Walking Diva"

Walking Diva Setting and Breaking World and American Records!

When you know your purpose in life and God says let’s do this, you fly like a butterfly.  2019 has been a great year. August 26 – August 31, 2019, at Six Days in the Dome – The Redux, at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin I made history.   I’m the first African American Woman, second African American, and the oldest person to earn a Centurion.  On day one of the Six Day Race,  I became the first African American Woman Centurian.  I race walked 100 miles in 23:52:17. 

Not only did I become a centurian but I race walked my way to 2nd place female 413 miles, 14th place overall.  I was one of two athletes with a negative split.  I set an American Age Group Record (60-64), broke the World Age Group Record, and broke an over 100 year record set by Amy Howard back in the 1880’s.   

Amy Howard

Alan Price – American Centurion Legend Celebrating African American Race Walking History
African American Middle & Long Distance Running Timeline (1880-1979)
Alan Price (1947-2015)
An American Centurion Legend
Running History: September 23, 1978
Alan qualified as an American Centurion for the first time at age 31. His time of 18:57:41 was a new American record for walking 100 miles.
Centurion is a club for which race walkers are eligible who have completed a distance of 100 miles within 24 hours. Alan Price would go on to do this amazingly 23 times from 1978 to 1993.
Alan was considered America’s greatest ultra-distance race walk 

Yolanda Holder/Alan Price

Daily Headstands has become my signature.  Today is headstand day 700.  I’ve done a headstand every day for 700 straight days.  I do them everywhere even in my bathroom.  Doing a daily headstand has great benefits.  It relieves stress, increases focus, strengthens shoulders and arms, develops strength in the core muscles and improves blood circulation just to name a few.

I had an amazing 2019! Entering a New Year 2020, New Decade, New Fitness Goals with God’s grace I will continue this amazingly awesome fitness journey.  I am committed to living my best life.  I hope I can continue to inspire and motivate you to reach your fitness goals.  Keep moving and smiling.    

-Yolanda "Walking Diva"  

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