This is an unlikely way to help an 80 year old deal with depression, but it’s a lot better than meds!

By Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes – “I’ve felt it’s either get out and do something or sit at home and feel sorry for myself. So if I ever start feeling sorry for myself, I put my shoes on and take a little run somewhere.”

These are the words of 80 year old Anne Garrett, who set a pending American record of 2:13:23 in her 80-84 age group at the Surf City USA Half Marathon in Huntington Beach California. As reported in Runner’s World & Running, Ms. Garrett tells us that “[Running has] made me more aware of who I am and it has helped me not to feel sorry for myself, not to get depressed,” Garrett said.

Running became a way of dealing with the stress of her husband’s illness. He suffered from Alzheimer’s for seven years. After he died in 2011, Anne found that running helped her cope with her grief.

She started race walking in her early sixties as a way to spend time with her daughter. On her 72nd birthday, she intended to race walk a half marathon, but ended up running it instead and taking first place in her age group. She’s been at it ever since.

She recounts the benefits of how running takes the pain out of aging, and how running makes her feel young in her mind. She loves passing other runners and helping younger people see what an older person is capable of doing.

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