Ida Keeling runs the world: Meet the 102-year-old athlete who is breaking records

Ida Keeling runs the world: Meet the 102-year-old athlete who is breaking records

- Ida Keeling passed the 100-year-age mark two years ago and she is healthier than ever

- Keeling runs races and she even broke world records, but what got her into running was a heartbreaking event

- The 102-year-old athlete lost two of her sons to drug-related violence, and she fell into a deep depression

- But, her daughter came to the rescue by taking her to a local 5 kilometre run

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Ever heard the saying "I'm too old for this"? Well, apparently it is just a saying, just ask 102-year-old Ida Keeling, who till this day still participates in field athletics.

Ida Keeling is not your typical 'old' woman. Instead of sitting at home, knitting, the 102-year-old exercises and competes in track running.

She's over a century old, but she still competes in races and breaks records, and don't expect her to stop anytime soon.

At 92-years-old, she set her first world record in her age group. Since then she just kept going. In 2016, she ran the 100 metres in 1:17, breaking yet another world record.

She said she wanted to be an example of what people could do for themselves. But, she still gives all the glory to God, thanking Him for all her blessings.

However, she is no stranger to pain and suffering. The inspirational 102-year-old was a single mother working at a factory in the Great Depression.

She then outlived two of her sons, who died because of drug-related violence before she was 67.

The death of her sons caused Keeling to become severely depressed and in an attempt to cheer her up, her daughter took her to a five kilometre fun run.

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After that first five kilometres, the rest was history. Keeling added the best part of it was the sad parts left, adding running was her medicine.

Her running has allowed her to travel the world, setting records in her age groups. She said she never expected the success.

Keeling admitted her age has provided many challenges, in 2017 she could not compete because she had a broken femur and she had to work on her balance.

But, it would not stop her from doing what she loves. She works out three to four days a week and she even takes a dance class at her gym.

She also pays attention to her diet, including greens, fruits and cod liver oil in her meal plans.And a few times a week, she'll add Hennessy to her coffee.

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