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Monday, October 17, 2011

running + being happy

I am going to copy and paste an article from the guardian because it is just so astounding.
Photo and article credit the guardian, found here. I cheered people on til about hour 5 at the finish line of this marathon, but threw in the towel to warm up at hot yoga (since I wasn't running, after all!). I love how he attributes his success to "being happy" - i think we can all learn from those amazing words.
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It took him more than eight hours to cross the finish line in 3,850th place, but those unimpressive figures earn Fauja Singh a remarkable record – as the world's oldest marathon runner.
The Indian-born 100-year-old from Ilford, east London, completed the full distance in Toronto more than six hours after the winner, as workers were dismantling the barricades.
His total time of 8.25.18 should make him the Guinness World Record holder once all documentation is verified.
Born in the Punjab on 1 April 1911, Singh was a farmer when he first developed a love for running, but only took it up again 11 years ago after moving to live with family in the UK following the deaths of his wife and son. He ran his first marathon aged 89, and has since run seven more.
The holder of several records for fastest nonagenarian, he also claimed eight centenarian distance records from 100 metres through to 5,000 metres during Sunday's Toronto waterfront marathon. Some had never been attempted by someone that old before.
Though Singh found he "hit the wall" at 22 miles he soldiered on for another two hours, and even finished ahead of five other competitors.
His coach, and translator Harmander Singh, said: "Just before we came around the final corner, he said that 'achieving this will be like getting married again'. He's absolutely overjoyed, he's achieved his lifelong wish."
Singh, who attributes his success to ginger curry, cups of tea and "being happy", has long been acclaimed as the "Turbaned Tornado" – the title of his biography, published last year, which he unfortunately has not been able to read because he is illiterate.
In 2004 his running prowess saw him replace England footballer David Beckham, and champion boxer Muhammad Ali as poster boy for Adidas's "Impossible is nothing" advertising campaign.
He now hopes his next project will be participating in the torch relay for the 2012 London Games.


Namaste,
Callah
article and personal photos copyright of Callah at callahyoga.blogspot.com

5 comments:

Eco Yogini said...

ahhhh! what a beautiful story. LOVE! I want to attribute my success someday to 'being happy' :)

alexiaku said...

i read this article in the guardian too, great that you posted it on your blog! its just another example of showing that everything is possible at ANY age. amazing, this guy! thanks for sharing and so glad i found another yoga blog! stop by sometime!

Imtiajnipu said...

Fauja Singh is great! I love him. We use his life story to encourage Senior citizens to practice Yoga at Anamaya Yoga ( www.anamayaresort.com ). Thanks for sharing.

Julie Wilcox said...
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Julie Wilcox said...

I really enjoyed your article about Yoga. One of the things that always makes me feel connected is the point where the sea meets the earth. Beaches are a great place to practice and you can’t deny the feeling of being so close to nature.

Have a little look at this video of a great lady talking about her yoga classes that she does on the beach.

Thanks
Pranayama Yoga