November 1, 2011

100 year old marathon runner

Fauja Singh  (photo: Chris Young/AP) 

Meet Fauja Singh, born April 1, 1911.

On October 16 this year he completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon at the age of 100.

photo: Jeff J. Mitchell
Fauja started to run in his 80s; after losing his son and his wife he felt he needed to find a new focus in life. It became running. It was only when he was 89 that he began to take running seriously. He got a personal trainer and started to train for marathons. At the age of 92 he ran his best marathon, clocking in at 5 hours and 40 minutes at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2003.

His good health he attributes to the fact that he doesn't drink, smoke, eat meat or fried foods. He also tries to avoid stress and drinks plenty of water and tea with ginger. In addition he goes to bed early and tries to avoid negative thoughts:
Why worry about these small, small things? I don't stress. You never hear of anyone dying of happiness.
Speaking about his marathon running he says:
The first 20 miles are not difficult. As for the last six miles, I run while talking to God.

photo: Jeff J. Mitchell

For more images of Faju Singh see this link.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful post Ingela and what an inspiration is he. It's never too late to set one's heart to doing something. Thanks for sharing