In the time it takes me to
jog run a half marathon, eighty-two year old Ed Whitlock can run a full 26.2. But I’m not bitter. Well, not extremely bitter.
I’ve said before I’m a sucker for an active aging story but this guy is over the top. A few weeks ago he broke the age group record for a full marathon in 3:41.
I’m really curious about people like Ed. Are they outliers? I’m not suggesting all octogenarians can set distance records, but can most people stay “ultra active” well into their 80s? Are those who are ill or have mobility issues simply a product of their lifestyle choices?
I’d love to know your thoughts about whether or not those of us in our 50s and 60s have the right to expect vibrancy well into our 80s. Hit me in the comments section. In the meantime, here’s the link to Ed’s story.