I’m really saddened to hear that Ed Whitlock has died.
Ed was a Canadian legend and the greatest age-adjusted runner of all time. He got back into running seriously in his sixties. He ran a 2:54:49 marathon at age 73 – the fastest ever by anyone 70+ and just this past fall he ran a 3:56:34 marathon at 85, making him the oldest person to run a sub-4-hour marathon.
He was a fixture of Toronto area races and an inspiration anyone who’s ever thought it was too late to do something amazing.
Today I accomplished so many things before midday : cleaning the studio, grocery shopping, 30 minutes run session in the woods, meal prep and read many chapters or my book while enjoying a cup of tea. 😲 and I only woke up at 8 !!! Normally I do all of these stuffs in the afternoon and complain that I don’t have enough time haha so I rewarded myself and went shopping in the city and at Ikéa 😅 (I walked like 8km so not bad) and now I just finished eating dinner while watching an episode of Salem and in a few minutes I am going to wash my hair and body and go to bed early with a book ! I think that it is gonna be a great week. 😎
I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.
Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
blurry woods and a blue sky
I ran some very comfortable 7 morning kilometers today. my muscles were tired at first but as soon as they warmed up, that wasn’t a problem anymore.
(29 July 2017 / 5:48/km)
Today’s walk ambiance ! Autumn vibes in Geneva at the moment 😘 I loved it ! I walked between 30 and 60 minutes and now I am enjoying a book while my cat is lying on me and I will soon prepare my dinner and watch an episode of “The Crown”. 😊
This is the moment I finished my first 100 mile ultra
After 26 hours of running through the night, this is the moment I turned the final corner to complete something for my of my life I would have thought impossible.
The very idea that someone, anyone, let alone me, could run 100 miles in one go would have seemed completely ridiculous. About 8 years ago I ran a 10km race and I thought anyone who ran a half marathon was unbelievable. Then I ran a half marathon and I thought anyone who could run double that and do a full marathon was a hero. Next I tried a 31 mile ultra and I looked at people who ran 100kms with disbelief. Eventually I did the 100km and I still couldn’t fathom how anyone could run almost twice as far in one hit.
The truth is I was right all throughout this journey. Whether you’ve run your first 5km or your first 100 miles you are a winner. If I’ve learnt one thing from all this it’s that every goal is equal. Someone’s molehill is another person’s mountain.
Two days ago I climbed another of my mountains and got to finish it in front of my family. My nephew Darcy ran across the finish line of my first 100km and here he was again for my 100 mile baptism. This time we were joined by my 2-year-old son (who was more interested in blueberries but some people are hard to impress).
Finally all the important women in my life. My wife, my sister, my mum, my niece, without whom I would never have achieved any of these things and particularly not this 100 mile race.
They were there at the darkest moments to keep me going. Their support is what helped me through.
And what’s the most important thing I think I learnt out there? Anything can look impossible if you look at it a certain way but if you don’t try you’ll never know what you’re capable of.