Motivation Monday



Let me introduce you to Sister Madonna Buder or as her peeps would call her, the Iron Nun. No, I am not here to suggest any of you become nuns.  This post is about how I cannot possibly ever give another reason about why I can’t walk today, or do the elliptical today or can’t run a 5K. This post is to encourage those of you who also come up with lame excuses as to why you are not motivating to do something physical.

Why do they call Sister Madonna the Iron Nun? Because she competes in Ironman Triathlons. Yes, that alone is impressive. An Ironman Triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and finishing up with a marathon…26.2 miles. Whoop dee do you say? Big deal a nun that can do all that? Are you ready for the most amazing morsel?

She was born in 1930 and she competed in the 2012 Canadian Ironman. I’m not good at math either, I’ll give you the number. 82. She was 82. 82 people. 

Now, on a not so impressive point, she came in first in her age group…unimpressive because she was the only person in her age group. 

But back to more impressive stuff? She ran her first Ironman at the age of 55 and didn’t even start running until she was 48. And she didn’t start with a little 5k…she jumped right in with a marathon. Completing 37 marathons in seven years from starting. To date she has competed in more than 300 Ironman races. I’m making myself sick just writing about it. 

I was seriously considering stopping the elliptical at 40 minutes today because I didn’t think I could go for five more minutes! EGAD! I think this means I may have to do the elliptical for an entire hour tomorrow! Or possibly start walking outside in these below perfect temperatures. Is that what this means?!? 

She started running because a priest was talking about the spiritual benefits of running. One little suggestion from a priest to a nun and now I am filled with guilt regarding my inability to put forth a big enough effort when it comes to my exercise regimen. I’m not even Catholic!!

So tell me…what are you too old for today?


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahas5
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 02:03:00

    Definitely motivational! I have a man in my neighborhood who has no use of his legs due to a birth defect. The only time I have ever seen him in a wheelchair was when he broken an arm. He not only uses crutches but “walks” the neighborhood daily — for great lengths. It seems when I am at my wimpiest and not wanting to use the good, strong legs God gave me, that is when I will happen to see him struggling by. I, like you, have no excuse.

    Not sure if you heard of the 86-year-old who ran the NY Marathon and died the next day due to a head injury. Her story is quite similar to the nun’s:

    Keep writing!


    • itsmeterilyn
      Nov 22, 2013 @ 07:20:14

      Great article. I did not hear about this. What surprises me about both runners is that they started so late in life. I keep thinking it’s too late for me, I needed to establish this habit long ago. Proven wrong again.
      Thanks for stopping in!


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