She runs 70 miles a week

Ginette Bedard runs 10 miles a day, has completed 19 marathons, and was the oldest runner of the 52,812 finishers in last year’s NYC marathon. Incredibly, she only started running 18 years ago at age 67!

For decades, she’s lived in the same house in Queens, NY, just a block or so from the water, and runs nearly every mile on sand. As for days off, she insists there are none, regardless of weather or fatigue—“If it’s cold, you dress more. It doesn’t bother me.” Though on November 5, the day after the NYC Marathon, she did lower her mileage to five.

“You have to have the desire, the willpower, and I have that willpower, and I love it,” Bedard said. “My body is responding very well to my mind.”

Looking back on her life and running career, Bedard’s biggest takeaway is the importance of staying fit and active.

“More people should be more into exercise, they would have a better quality of life,” she said. “Exercise more, and you might live long.”

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