Are You Thinking About Running A Marathon? Do It!

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionIn 2011, the year I was turning 55, I decided to do something that would be meaningful to me, and hoped would be inspirational to others. I ran in the New York City Marathon. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Apparently, the urge to tackle 26.2 grueling miles is becoming increasingly common for a lot of us who are over 50.  According to a Wall Street Journal article: As the total number of runners finishing marathons in the …

Oldest Woman in NYC Marathon Finishes Race, Dies the Next Day

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt 86, distance runner Joy Johnson was a remarkable athlete. A retired gym teacher from the San Jose area who took up jogging at age 56, Johnson competed in scores of races around the country and amassed a string of 25 consecutive finishes in the New York City Marathon — one of the most legendary streaks in the history of recreational running. Two years ago, at 84, she became the oldest finisher ever in that event, clocking a time of …