Ida Keeling stacks up at a whopping 4-foot-6 and weighs in at 83 pounds. To the untrained eye, she might not look like a force to be reckoned with. Heck, she might even look frail. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
The 100-year-old Keeling is an avid runner who began racing in her late 60s. She still holds the fastest time for American women age 95 to 99 in the 60-meter dash (29.86 seconds).
Keeling runs for reasons that go beyond just maintaining her physical health. After losing two sons to drug-related violence, she started running as a method for dealing with life's hardships. She explained her outlook to The New York Times:
"You see so many older people just sitting around -- well, that's not me. Time marches on, but I keep going. ... What makes me faster now is that everyone else slowed down."
What a boss. May we all strive to channel our inner Ms. Keeling today and always.
Update: Check out video of Keeling competing in the Masters 100 at the Penn Relays on Sunday, setting a world record for the 100+ age group with a time of one minute, 17 seconds.
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