“I am 83 years old and walk about ten miles a day on the beach. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
I weighed 240 pounds in my forties. I wasn’t happy with myself or my health and started walking to lose weight. That led to jogging, then running ten miles and working up to marathons. My love of running surprised me; I never played sports because I wasn’t coordinated. I became addicted to running and won first place in marathons in my age group. I ran the Boston Marathon 12 years ago and got 4th or 5th in my group.
I was an alcoholic for a few years. My father was an alcoholic, so it was in my blood. I am 40 years sober – this is one of the most important things I have done with my life. The last 40 years have been healthier mentally and physically.
I was born in the Azures in Portugal and lived in California for 30 years. I have a house on Dauphin Island, and I am here most of the time. I hope to die right here.
My parents had 13 kids. That’s another story.”