Mimi Anderson is a Guinness World Record holding ultra runner. She’s also a mother and a grandmother who discovered running at the age of 36 to get “thinner thighs” and literally hasn’t stopped since. Running has transformed her life and we’re hoping that this latest challenge inspires you to get moving and experience the life changing benefits of exercise too.
“I was 36 when my running career began; I taught myself how to run on a treadmill at my local gym. Initially I couldn’t run for more than five minutes without gasping for breath. 17 years later I’m a multiple Guinness World Record holder. I’m constantly looking for ways to challenge myself, to push my boundaries and limits beyond what most others wouldn’t even consider possible and also constantly searching for more extreme environments to race in. Running has taken me to every corner of the world including the world’s hottest deserts, the highest mountains, the freezing temperatures of the Arctic as well as the Peruvian Jungle.
In many races I have to step out of my comfort zone and tackle my fears head on. When you overcome your fears – whatever they might be – you build your confidence and self esteem and know that you can overcome anything that life throws at you. I’m often asked why I run. The answer is simple, because I love it. Running makes me feel happy, gives me space to have my own thoughts, the freedom to explore otherwise forgotten places and remote landscapes. Running gives me more energy to face the day and makes me feel alive. Why do I run? I run because I can.
Running has taught me a lot. It’s given me back my confidence which I lost somewhere along the way. I’m a much stronger person now. I’m not frightened about my body, I’m not frightened about food. Now food is a fuel. I want to show women out there that anything is possible. I want to show them that you don’t have to be anybody special. You can be an old bag of 54 and still do something crazy like attempting to run across America. Don’t be frightened and don’t care what other people think.”
“Mimi Anderson is considered to be one of the world’s most inspirational female distance runners. Women all over the world can relate to her on every level. She is a mother, a grandmother, a wife and daughter. She is witty, beautiful, smart, kind and very normal. Yet she is one of the toughest competitors you are ever likely to meet. Her determination and grit know no bounds and she will push her body to the limit to achieve her goals and ambitions. Through running, she has proven to herself that she can do so much more than she ever thought possible. Mimi is a strong, healthy, formidable woman, oozing with happiness, confidence and self belief. And that is the power of running”.
– Sarah Russell, Running Fitness Magazine