You would assume that someone at the ripe old age of 100 would either be relaxing at home whiling away their time, or taking a stroll in the park. But not for Fauja Singh (no relation to me) as the 100-year old Sikh is nothing short of a global legend- and many people can certainly learn a few things or two from him. Fauja means Soldier in Panjabi, and he stands by his name all the way! Singh, who started taking running seriously at the ripe old age of 89 years old after his son and wife passed away, holds UK records for the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, mile and 3000 m for his age group, records all set within a single 94 minute period. He attributes his physical fitness and longevity to abstaining from smoking and alcohol and to following a simple vegetarian diet.
He has been quoted as saying "I am very careful about different foods. My diet is simple phulka, dal, green vegetables, yoghurt, and milk. I do not touch parathas, pakoras, rice or any other fried food. I take lots of water and tea with ginger. ... I go to bed early taking the name of my Rabba* as I don’t want all those negative thoughts crossing my mind."
On the 17th of October 2011, Fauja Singh amazed the world when he completed a 42-kilometre marathon at the Toronto waterfront to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Setting a new record he finished the Scotia bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 11 minutes and 5.9 seconds and became the world’s oldest marathoner.
"I run while talking to God."- Fauja Singh
Go Fauja Singh...keep going. May god bless your strong heart, and may you keep running for another 100 YEARS!! What an inspirational man.
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