100-Year-Old Ida Keeling Sets 100 Meter Record

100 year old 100 meter
A 100-year-old woman just showed the world that age ain’t nothing but a number.

Ida Keeling ran 100 meters at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, completing the dash in 1 minute 17.33 seconds and setting a world record for the fastest 100m by a woman 100 years and older. “You see so many older people just sitting around-well, that’s not me,” Ms. Keeling told the New York Times. “Time marches on but I keep going.”

The centenarian is no stranger to having to push through struggles and keep going, having lived through the Depression, Civil Rights movement and lost two children during her years, but all of those experiences, as terrible as they may have been, taught her valuable life lessons that are part of the reason why she’s still around today. “I learned to stand on my own two feet during the Depression,” she told the NYT. “It taught you to do what you had to do without anyone else doing it for you.

So what does the 100-year-young Keeling say is the secret to her longevity and good health? “Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she told NBC. “Eat for nutrition, not for taste. And exercise at least once a day.”

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