Friday, October 14, 2016

Something Unexpected

From the Sept. 24, 2015 issue of the Hokkaido Shimbun
I found this gem of a newspaper article surrounding some sun-ripened, farm fresh produce from Japan’s northern-most prefecture of Hokkaido.

The story describes one hundred and five-year-old, Hidekichi Miyazaki, a born runner, but also somewhat of a late bloomer. Leading the life of a typical pensioner, Miyazaki would often pass his time in the company of friends, chatting away over a Go board (a game of strategy akin to Reversi or Othello). According to his Wikipedia page, as time wore on he sat by and watched as his fellow elderly Go partners passed away one by one. That's when he decided to run. 

At the ripe old age of 92 the theretofore not-so-athletically inclined Miyazaki was moved to give up the game of Go as well as other sedentary pursuits and take up sprinting. Thirteen years later the centenarian is still running strong with the 100 meter dash title, for his age category of 105 to 109-year-olds, firmly under his belt (although it’s unclear from the article I discovered exactly how wide the field of competition is for that class of runners). 

Despite his win with a time well under forty three seconds, Miyazaki was upset that he couldn’t finish in thirty five as he had hoped. It would seem like an unlikely goal to reach at this point but maybe we can expect the unexpected from someone who has already gone the extra mile to make up for lost time.

Post Script

I sent the article to my 92-year-old mother as a source of inspiration. She can expect to get a pair of sneakers for her birthday this year.

To find out more about Hidekichi Miyazawa visit his Wikipedia page.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Go Positively Ape

Or is it the year of the monkey? In any case, go positively ape this year. Speak only good, see only good, and hear only good things (like the Monkees).

Happy new year!