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8 04, 2016

Life is a Marathon

April 8th, 2016|Reflections and Inspiration|

The Journey to Boston

Since 2004, after running my first marathon, I wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Life happened and there ended up being quite a few curves in the road. In 2007, I ran my second marathon and qualified, only to be sidetracked again by a quirky medical problem. The surgery left me with nerve damage to my diaphragm; an important part of a runner’s anatomy. Three years attempting to run on low oxygen was quite depressing.

Here comes the fun part . . .

National Fitness Center opened in Maryville in October 2010. I met the most encouraging man – Ed Dennison.  He asked me to participate in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon relay with his team (Mouse House Olympians) in April, 2011. I said “yes”, and that was it – GAME ON!

In November 2011, I ran the Savannah R & R and qualified for the 2013 Boston Marathon. In May 2012, I decided to try again in Michigan. Even though it was hot, I ended up with a PR and another BQ.

2013-04-08 20.39.17Along the way, I met so many fabulous friends. Thank you all (NFC, Fleet […]

15 03, 2016

Meet Robin

March 15th, 2016|Blog, Reflections and Inspiration|

Boston 2014

age•less

adjective
:never growing or appearing to grow old. (I can try).

ath•lete

noun
: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

Ageless Athlete grew out of a goal I set for myself: to age gracefully; to run, walk, and move through life without disease and experience minimal body breakdown.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. Processed food was the norm, but we did have the advantage of no internet and limited television. Along with “gym class”, my brothers, sisters and I played outside every chance we got, so physical activity was substantial. High school involved cross-country, marching band, and color-guard. College, marriage, and kids followed. At age 39, I found myself 20 pounds heavier and feeling like crap! Something my mom told me shot back into my memory: “Just wait until you have kids. You’ll see, it’s not so easy anymore to stay thin.”

WHAT? Put the brakes on – no way! Im not going down that road!
That was my turning point. I started running three months before my 40th birthday. At first, it was a slow […]