At age 47, Rose Coleman took up running and decided to go big: train for a marathon.

10296581_10202047068599901_3884020029828605848_nSince that day about six years ago, this mother and grandmother has racked up an impressive number of races — 8 marathons, 70 half marathons, countless 10Ks and 5Ks — and has also delved into the world of obstacle races (Tough Mudder, warrior runs and Spartan races) as well as relay races; for the past three years, she has served as captain of a team of women running The Fred, a 200-mile relay race here in Michigan.

316830_3687875117111_779108638_nRose joins Heather in the studio to talk about her athletic journey that began after moving to northern Michigan from Florida as a single mom. Rose, who is also a mountain biker, has big plans for the future, too: Ironman Louisville, Kentucky in October 2017. (She’s been swimming in the pool a lot lately and is killing it!)

11846766_10207779264387874_8565961662546380671_nNo matter where you’re at in your own running journey, hearing this 53-year-old talk about how running alleviated stress in her life and her favorite kinds of adventures (and what she’s learned along the way) is sure to inspire. It’s also a reminder that no matter how old we are, it’s always a good time to give running a try!

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A special thanks to Mike Moran, Mike Youker and Jonny Tornga of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out this studio’s work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show Quarter After Productions produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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