Less than 1% of people will complete a marathon.
Those people have morphed their bodies into long distance running fiends, and by the time they run their marathon, they are expected to be in the best shape of their lives.
Natalie Yates-Bolton, 46, is one of that less than 1%. Not only will she be completing her fifth marathon in just about a month, but she has also beaten cancer four times.
According to Oldham News, Natalie has battled (and beaten) lymphoma since she was 23, along with breast cancer. But, along with countless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and operations, Natalie never stopped pursuing her love – endurance racing.
“While I was having chemo I couldn’t really run too far so my friends would plan a 14-mile route which was bike friendly and I would ride alongside them,” Natalie told the Oldham News.
This year, she is celebrating her 47th birthday, by running the Amsterdam Marathon.
Natalie’s desire to never give up has inspired many people, including one of her close friends, Adele Fraser. She told the Oldham News that Natalie’s fire to get better and continue training, helped her “carry on with life,” and make the best out of whatever curveball life throws.
Natalie on the other hand, tells Oldham News that she continues to live in the moment, and make the most out of her life.
“It’s made me turn my lifetime into one I’ve really wanted to live and I’ve completed a check list of things I’ve always wanted to do. It’s made me value the ordinary times in life and never to take anything for granted.”
This mantra is one that everyone should follow. Make your life one that you want to live. Everyone has to work, but don’t make it define who you are. Don’t take the small things for granted. Enjoy every step of your run, every deadlift, every squat, every cup of coffee and every morning. Make sure those routines aren’t taken for granted, but that you appreciate that you are able to compete every day.
As for Natalie, she’s got big plans:
“When I cross the finishing line at the Amsterdam Marathon I will be well and truly ready to celebrate my 47th birthday and living the rest of my life.”