If you’re looking for some major inspiration and motivation, meet Mike Fremont, a 100-year-old runner living his life to the fullest. “I’m having the best time of my life,” Fremont reveals to PEOPLE, and he doesn’t seem to exaggerate at all! Keep reading to learn more about healthy habits for living to 100, according to a runner who has lived for over a century and is running hard.
Mike Fremont has been running for over a 60 huge years. Impressively, the centenarian has four running world records, having won world records at 80 and 90 for scoring the fastest marathon times. Totally seduced? Read on to learn more about Fremont’s healthy habits for living to 100, because there’s so much more to learn about this total fitness star.
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Fremont began his running journey in his 30s after suffering the heartbreaking loss of his first wife to a brain hemorrhage. The widowed father of three (including a 2-week-old newborn) was devastated and determined. He shares with PEOPLE, “I was very stressed when my wife left me, and I needed to do something every day to release the stress. So, usually, I would take one of my grandchildren, and she would hold my little finger and we would run.” He reveals how therapeutic and so enjoyable it was, saying, “It was so much better than the two martinis I used to have.”
These days, Fremont runs his favorite courses near his home, greeting just about everyone along the way. Those he meets are familiar with the energetic routine of the centenarian. Fremont explains, “They’re all used to me. They’re like, ‘I’ve seen you here for 40 years!'” We salute you too, Mike Fremont!
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This running star shines far beyond her own home state, achieving multiple records ranging from mile runs to marathons. And if you’re not already super impressed with this powerhouse, Fremont loves long distance canoeing too!
Many of us can learn a lot from Fremont’s positive attitude, zest for life, and healthy habits for living to 100. In the early 1990s, he was told he had colorectal cancer and only had three months to live. He reminds to PEOPLE“That was a terrible, terrible thing to say to me.”
But life prevailed and 2 and a half years after the fatal diagnosis, surgeons removed the cancerous tumor. Fortunately, they found no signs of metastases. “The surgeon said he looked for metastases in 35 places and found none. Zero,” Fremont said.
The extraordinary news prompted Fremont to run 10Ks, marathons and everything in between. With a light weight and smaller build, he soon found he was quite good at running and even started winning a few races!
Fremont immersed himself in fun sports and was even motivated to follow a vegan and macrobiotic diet. According Plant Based NewsFremont feels, “No doubt in my mind, absolutely, it was the diet that determined my existence. My continued existence and my beautiful health.”
This running icon is happy to simply run for her health and pleasure, sharing with PEOPLE“I think I’m sane enough not to try to run 100m marathons,” adding, “Why should I have anything to prove?”
Fremont is a life marathoner in a whole different way, running for fun and living a full life with his current wife, Marilyn Wall, as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He celebrated his centennial birthday in February with a cake (vegan, of course!) and a run on the beach in Florida. His best advice? If running or the marathon intimidates you, try it as it did many years ago. Fremont also sends an invitation to all, saying, “Come with me. I’ll walk with you. I’ll run with you. Whatever you want to do.”
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and bringing readers compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care. Learn more about Alexa
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