So… I’m flipping through the November issue of Vogue magazine when I came across the ‘letters from the readers’ section and a picture of two African-American women running catches my attention. Not because they are running on the beach (which I love to do), but because there is an older woman who looks to be around 70 right in stride with the younger woman. I read the caption: “Ida Keeling with her daughter Shelly”, which make me even more interested to find out more about her. So I continue to the reader’s letters, and apparently Mrs. Keeling is 96 years old!!! Yep, 96, AND a world record holder in the 60 meter sprint.
The Vogue Article, Runs in the The Family features Mrs. Keeling who, coached by her 60 year-old-daughter, started running at the great age of 67. I have always prayed and asked God to give me the strength to continue running until the day that I die. I have blogged several times before about my love, enjoyment, and need to run. I cannot imagine how my life would be if I could not run. Ida Keeling is a true testament to what anyone can do regardless of age, physicality, or obstacles when they truly set their mind to it.