Senior runners rock!

As a senior runner (in age, not experience) I find that I naturally gravitate to chat rooms and discussion groups involving older runners.  I have found a super group on Facebook called “Running after 60,” which is full of people my age who are running w-a-y faster, w-a-y longer and they all seem full of beans.

I find their stories quite inspirational – partly because everyone is so low-key and un-brag-y about their achievements.

From time to time I’m going to showcase some of these fab older folk (they are mostly in the US) and I thought this funny story, below, was a perfect one to kick-start this series.

A lady from Kentucky, called Tippi McTyeire shared this story on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

As a non-American, I googled turkey trot for you, because it’s mentioned in this hilarious anecdote.  Here you go:

“A turkey trot is a fun run or footrace, usually of the long-distance variety, that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Traditionally, turkey trots are held because Americans anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts and run in turkey trots to burn off calories before the big meal.”


Right, so now let’s get back to Tippi’s story 😛

“The things that make you feel OLD.

I ran the 10k Turkey Trot in 58:21 & won my age group. I felt good.

Young man next to me asked what my plans were.

I said I was taking Mom hiking. He exclaimed, “No way your mother could possibly still be alive! There is no f***ing way!”

He called a group over, still exclaiming loudly that “this woman’s mother is still alive! Can you believe it?”

I suddenly felt Biblical in age.

But I beat his time!”

Let’s gloss over this young fella’s lack of manners, shall we, and rather enjoy the deliciousness of Tippi beating his time 🙂

One comment

  • Sanjeev Chhabra

    What a fantastic story!
    And yes, you are right, Christine, runners are like old wine.
    I figured that at my personal best, to qualify for the Boston marathon, I’d have to be a 70+ woman.

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