Most people don’t even make it to 100-years-old. Sure, that might be changing soon thanks to medical advancements. In 50 years, 100 might be the new 70.
But right now? 100 is still an impressive mark to hit. A South Carolina woman named Ella Mae Colbert had her 100th birthday recently, and she didn’t just celebrate with cake and an ice cold Ensure.
The retired school teacher decided to put on her running shoes and attempt to break an unofficial record set by fellow centenarian Ida Keeling. According to the reports, Keeling completed the 100 yard dash in one minute and 16 seconds.
Colbert crushed that record on Tuesday by completing the dash in just 46.7 seconds. And even more impressive, she stumbled and fell hard during her first attempt. She had to be patched up with a bandage before she was allowed to start again.
She told WSPA that you always have to get back up…
“I think I started off too fast. You’ll have some trials and you’ll have some things get in your way but you don’t let it get you down. Get up again.”
So where did she get the energy to do this? Well, she walks three miles a day and takes care of her niece and nephews.
She hopes her performance will inspire others to seek similar achievements. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s never too late.
“I want you to do your best so when you get to my age, you’ll be running too.”