Inspiring Stories of Older Athletes North of Forty

Every once in a while inspiring stories of older adults come across my desk and I’m so excited to share this episode. Author, Lauren Hurst – who calls herself not an author – wrote a book about older athletes sharing their path and performance.. Some of which will blow you away. 

I’ll link in this episode to a previous episode with the hosts of the Huntington World Games in St George Utah. We’ve had some amazing examples of athleticism in our lifetime. Yet, too little. We hear of 103 year old runners because there are so few. Yet, we don’t think we’ll be doing that at 103. 

Many 52 year olds think they are too old to run any more. It’s not necessarily age. And maybe running isn’t or wasn’t even your sport. But something might be. 

This episode is for anyone who needs to hear it’s never too late. 

My Guest

Lauren Hurst is the author of North of Forty: Inspiring Stories of Older Athletes. Lauren is a lifelong competitive athlete and independent personal trainer. She has trained clients of all shapes and ability levels from ages 7 to 96, and currently specializes in clients over 60. She holds a BS in Corporate Fitness from Central Connecticut State University. Throughout her athletic career, Lauren has been a competitive tennis player, swimmer, bodybuilder, martial artist, runner, duathlete and triathlete.

Questions We Answer in This Episode:

  • You describe yourself as “not an author”, what made you decide to take on this kind of project?
  • Can you share a few of your favorite stories from the book?
  • Having spoken with so many incredible athletes and hearing about their struggles and how they have adapted as they’ve grown older, has this experience changed the way you think about your own competitive and athletic goals?
  • What did you learn that surprised you?
  • What advice would you give someone reading the book (maybe someone who is older and doesn’t think of themselves as athletic!) who’s inspired to get more fit? How can they make that happen for themselves?

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The Senior Games | Off The Scale and Onto a Starting Line

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