It was brisk September morning and after months of training, I finally felt ready to run my very first marathon. As I was walking towards the start line I felt a rush of nervous energy and anticipation because I knew I was about to take on the toughest physical challenge of my life.
After weaving my way through the crowd to get close to the start line, I found myself a nice little spot where I could do some stretches and warm up my legs a little.
As I was stretching I glanced over my left shoulder and saw a man arching his back and pointing his chest towards the sky. He was a lot shorter than me and a bit more weathered but we struck up a conversation and amazingly after a few minutes of chatting I found out that I was actually talking to the oldest marathon runner on the planet.
I remember our conversation like it was yesterday.
He was soft spoken and he was brimming with energy. He told me that he just turned 101 years old and that this would be his 10th marathon.
I was in awe.
I was 45 years old and I had just met someone more than double my age who was about to put his body through more pain and more stress than I could possibly imagine.
What was more incredible was that only 3 days prior he had set 5 new world records (for his age) in different running races ranging from the 400 yard dash to the 10,000 meters.
I was truly dumbstruck.
Here I was, a middle aged guy trying desperately to keep fit as a way to cope with stress (and my ever expanding waist line while) and this 101 year old guy was running marathonsand had energy to burn.
What’s your secret I asked him?
He looked at me puzzled.
While he slowly raised his hand over his head and bent to the side to stretch his hip, he told me that a long time ago he discovered that eating a certain combination of foods helped give him boundless energy.
I was sceptical.
But I looked again at this 101 year old man who was getting ready to do his 10 marathon, and my disbelief slowly faded.
What? Can you say that again? I asked him.
He told me that years ago he discovered that when he ate a combination of
broccoli, green tea extract and spirulina his energy levels dramatically increased.He didn’t know why, or how, he just knew that he felt great and that now he never went a day without eating this magic combination