The world’s oldest marathoner (my validating source: last Sunday’s pictures from the Hong Kong 10K) has made it this far, he figures, because he has lived a life free of smoke and alcohol. He is also a vegetarian.
Beyond that, Singh claims not to have followed a diet specific to running nor adopted unorthodox or punishing training methods. He’s just a guy who ran, a guy who one day plummeted to a low in his life, and amid the loneliness and hurt and silence, figured running could provide a self-renaissance.
So Fauja Singh ran, never thinking, never lamenting, like so many of us do, “But I’m too old to start.’’ Perhaps he was just too old to explore the thought. Or perhaps too wise.
“If something makes you happy,’’ said the wise Turbaned Tornado, his running résumé dotted with nine lifetime marathons, “you’ll do it well.’’