I don’t now about y’all, but I HATE running. Yes, I know hate is a strong word, but y’all don’t even understand. Let me just put it this way – I hope I don’t ever have to run for my life, because that’ll be my last day on this earth. Seriously, even when I was in my best shape, I was never very good at running, and my stamina has always been terrible. Recently though, I saw a story that instantly made me feel bad for making so many excuses about not getting my butt off the couch and being more active. Y’all know the Internet is good for a feel good story that actually ends up making you feel bad lol. But this one definitely put some things into perspective for me, and made me realize that there is nothing that can’t be done with the right amount of motivation. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true – and I think we all get so caught up in the difficulties of life that we forget that.
A 100-year-old South Carolina woman, Ella Mae Colbert, recently did what some would consider impossible when she stepped foot on the track at a school where she used to work, and prepared for a 100 meter sprint. That’s right, A 100 METER SPRINT. And not only did Ella Mae show up, but she was ready to SHOW OUT. When she began her sprint, everyone watched in awe as she took off down the track, but within just a few seconds she tripped – and fell flat on her face. I don’t know about y’all, but that would have been the perfect excuse for me to call it quits, but Ella Mae did no such thing. Not only did she pick herself up off the ground, but she marched right back over to the starting line and gave it another shot.
Her second attempt resulted in a 46.791 second 100 meter sprint that shattered the previous record of 1 minute and 17 seconds. To break a record at any point in your life is definitely something to be proud of, but to break a sprinting record at 100 is INCREDIBLE. Between her and Ida Keeling, none of us should EVER say we’re too old or too tired to do anything. I probably won’t be running any 100 meter sprints any time soon, but I will be making a much better effort to get up and get active. Not only does Black not crack, but Black Girl Magic seems to only get more magical with time.