Congratulations to Tore Axelsson who won a big cross country race in Sweden this weekend. The course was hilly, and Tore ran 28:07, which was faster at the 8km mark than any of the 20-30 year old elite or semi-elite ran when they went past the 8km mark. Tore is age 55. He will run either in Stockholm or Oslo (either the 22nd or 25th) on the track, going for his own National record (either 10,000 m or 5,000 m). He will race in Brazil next month at the World Veterans Association Championships. He won two European Championship race this past winter in Spain (3000m indoors and a cross-country race outdoors a few days later).
For those of you who get injured and feel despair, I want you to know that Tore (just like Kevin Miller) battle injuries too, and they have to rehab, rebuild, and train smarter than they did before. Running is a hard sport - every years 38% of runners have a "significant" injury, according to sports medicine research - but runners never give up. They fight the good fight; they remind themselves of their goals, and then they recommit to the work that lies ahead of them. If they persist, if they never give up, the overcome and succeed!