Thursday, March 20, 2008

101 year old man to run marathon

You have got to read this article about a 101 year old man who is going to run the London marathon!!!!

He looks so young.
This is really amazing don't you agree!!!

http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=britmarathon030508&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Many of you have asked me where have I been the past few weeks!!! Well: my father was put back in the hospital and I have been back with him for just over 2 weeks. It has been a really long painful road for my father and for all of us but the wonderful news is that we brought him home last week and he is getting better and better each day!!! We even had him out in his garden...it took they a very long time to figure out where and what the health problems were coming from and most was due to a staff infection from the open heart operation.
I can tell you this: if you ever have a loved one in the hospital make sure you have someone with them 24/7 to over see what is going on medically. The best possible place for anyone is to get them home and care for them at home.
We are so thankful to all of you for the continued prayers, love and support. My father is a walking miracle for just 3 weeks ago they called all of us and told us we needed to get there ASAP that he was really failing...well, today he is home. Thank you God.

During all of this I have really done NO training, a few 1 hour walks.
Tues. I went to the track and did 3x 1 mile at 7:15 pace:) How is the world I was able to pull this off..no idea but to say for me..less is better. I am very sore but running hard felt good for the mind, body and soul!
I am back in many ways and I am more thankful and more at peace than ever.

A big hug and much love
Lisa

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

I bet you will still be running 7:15 mile repeats when you are 101. The apple does not fall far from the tree, just look at your father!
God Bless you.

xo
Lynn

Michele Jensen said...

Lisa - I'm so glad to hear your father is back home with you and doing better. I will continue to pray for his recovery. Take care of yourself, and glad you were able to run hard and clear your mind!
Michele

Joe said...

Lisa, So glad to hear that your father is home and doing better. Our prayers are with you and family during this time...and always.

Try to get out for a run with Jay and your kids; family has a way of making you feel rejuvenated even if you only go a mile.

M said...

Well I guess it's in the genes.

(okay, okay, and the training. I suppose.)

Meredith said...

Glad to hear the good news!!! I am so happy your father is home :)

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Thank you..my father has 1 more operation next Thursday and then we hope he will really be out of the woods. He is one remarkable person!!!

Happy Easter
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Lisa - like everyone else so glad to hear your dad is home (and you are too). My gosh - 7:15 pace?? You must have a great coach!! xxoo Marcy

olga said...

Best weishes to your Father next week. may he be blessed with more miracles.

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter to you Lisa and your family. It has been a long road for all of you and it makes my heart happy to read that things are on the up swing.
Running at 101, are you sure this man is the real deal? Man oh Man.

Love you
Leslie

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Thank for all for your continued prayers and thoughts and for all the emails to:):)
Happy Easter..we at the Batchen house are celebrating with many things to be thankful for. Jay will leave for the MDS Monday morning and part of my family will be here for easter..then miss colleen will be here for a visit.
Today...I rode my bike for 1:45 and up hill for 20 min. ooch!
slow but sure on the bike, I just hope to see the end of the 508 this year and I feel doing some riding now is sure going to help, it cant hurt, right!
Happy Easter bunny..off to color eggs!

Love to all
Lisa

Becky said...

Here's a video I saw about the 101-yr-old marathon man (incredible):
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2008/03/11/chang.uk.101.marathon.runner.cnn

Best wishes and happy Easter to you and your family,
Becky

Dane said...

As Always, my thoughts are with you and your father. As you know,m y own father has had serious health issues so I most assuredly understand the feelings you are going through.

Bob Gentile said...

Hey Coach, SO glad ur Dad is doing better and the Docs found out what was wrong...sweet 7:15 pace!

Happy Easter !!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

I read the blog and I'm glad your dad is out of the hospital. You are so right about the comment regarding getting a loved one out of the hospital quickly and being there with them. With my dad's cancer, I have also learned how uncaring and impersonal medical professionals can be. It's a real shame.

J

Anonymous said...

I read the blog and I'm glad your dad is out of the hospital. You are so right about the comment regarding getting a loved one out of the hospital quickly and being there with them. With my dad's cancer, I have also learned how uncaring and impersonal medical professionals can be. It's a real shame.

J

Anonymous said...

I read about your father's health issues. Hospitals
are scary places.....when my Dad was hospitalized, we made sure to have
someone else with him 24/7. My stepmother started hiding behind the curtains
when it was time for the doctors to stop by -- if they knew that she was in
the room, they wouldn't stop in because they didn't like the questions that
she asked! I hope your Dad continues to improve and doesn't have to see a
hospital again for a long time!

Love ya,
ER