Ida Keeling won’t be playing in the latest All-Star game, and she probably won’t compete in the 2020 Olympics. But she’s one of the newest ESPY Award winners…at 103! The ladies of “The View” presented her with the honor last week. She’s been making a name for herself over the years by competitively running and setting records in the 60 to 100-yard dash in the 95-to-99 and over-100 age divisions.
The mother and activist has lived through the Great Depression and supported her children after her husband died when she was 42. She also dealt with both of her sons being murdered. In fact, it was while she coping with the death of one of her sons that she started to run. Her daughter suggested it, and she was just 67 years old. “Everything was gone,” she recalled. “I felt like I was in such a deep hole and I just couldn’t work it out. [Her daughter] was getting upset and worried. So she came to me and asked me to go on a mini-run with her.”
Ida credits staying active and doing what she loves for her longevity. She added, “Eat the right foods. And when you get up in the morning, say your blessings, and get your meals like we always had, even from back in the hard times.” Her go-to meal? A bowl of oats and some prunes.
Source: Yahoo Entertainment