It would not amaze anyone to learn that I am a fan of magazines. My first subscription was to Boy’s Life back when I was around 11 years old. The sub probably cost less than one lawn mowed or whatever other manual labor I managed to peddle back in the old neighborhood.

It would not amaze anyone to learn that I am a fan of magazines. My first subscription was to Boy’s Life back when I was around 11 years old. The sub probably cost less than one lawn mowed or whatever other manual labor I managed to peddle back in the old neighborhood.

Being a business guy for nearly 40 years (not counting the lawn mowing and paper throwing or grocery sacking days), I have enjoyed a all manners of trade publications - so fascinated I ended up writing for one. But that’s another blog. Among my paid subscriptions is one to Runner’s World. Running is a hobby and my way of fending off some of the effects of heading toward my 60s (2 years and 7 months to go).

There was a brief “sound byte” feature in the January issue of Runner’s World that I think is worthy of sharing here. These days some of us need encouragement just to get up and go at it every day - especially those of us who are presently underemployed, unemployed, or whose enterprise is not doing so well. This story is one of those that can cause you to believe anything is possible.

The upshot of the story is how 64 year-old Margaret Hagerty quit smoking and took up running. Three years later she ran her first marathon (26.2 miles). Now, at age 85, she is gearing up to run her 81st marathon and holds the Guinness record for the oldest woman to finish marathons on seven continents.

How awesome is that? She is not the only one discovering that age does not have to restrict one from reaching for the stars. Read more about it: dailynews.runnersworld.com/2008/08/august-13.html