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.

He’ll be missed in the running community.

Running will be there 7am while he’s on his work shift. The hills and trails will be there when there are no arms to comfort you. The clouds will gaze down upon your most glorious moments when no soul is there to witness them. The trees will never utter anything about your messy braid, no makeup or sweaty shirt. Only love what can love you back unconditionally.
—  Emma Clark

I had this on my mirror while training for Boston. I tucked it in my pocket that morning and ran with it. I’ll never forget these words. They got me through the toughest runs, the biggest mind blocks and pushed me past every inkling of self-doubt.

Sharing it here so it can do the same for you.