When the pandemic hit, Mae Dean Erb, an 80-year-old from Blackgum, Oklahoma, had a plan. Instead of feeling down, she laced up her shoes and decided to walk or run a 5K.
Not just for one day, but every day for 100 days. But guess what? She didn’t stop. Mae just kept on going, and before she knew it, she’d hit a 1,000-day streak of daily 5Ks!
Julie Erb-Alvarez, her proud daughter, said to GNN, “I don’t know how she managed to do a 5K walk or run every single day for the last 1,000 days but she did. “
Mae doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She once mentioned, “I don’t hurt anywhere. I have knee issues every once in a while, with, I guess age, but it’s really wonderful thing (walk/run) to do … It’s just something you should do for yourself and your family, and when you have a 4-year-old grandson, you want to stay young enough to pick him up and run with him and catch him if he’s going in the wrong direction.” She’s not always alone on her walks. Friends often join her, making her daily 5K a community affair.
And the community thinks she’s pretty amazing too. Julie shared, “Her milestone was celebrated by a gathering of friends and family – even some virtually. She is our hero.”
Back in the day, when Sandy Hazelip and Ellie Hamby were both eighty years young, Dr. Hazelip, a doc by trade, got hit with a brilliant idea. She took a cue from Jules Verne’s book, “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Dr. Hazelip spilled the beans to CBS News about how it all went down. She goes, ” Ellie, don’t you think it would be fun for us to go around the world in 80 days at age 80?'” Ellie totally dug it and hopped on board. And that’s when the master plan kicked off.
Sadly, they couldn’t just jet off right then due to pandemic travel rules. But they’re finally on the move, and things are going swimmingly. The two pals spilled the tea to the news folks, talking about how they’ve touched down in Antarctica and soared over Mount Everest.
Their grand mission? To hit up every single continent, scope out the Wonders of the World, and step foot in eighteen different countries, all in about two and a half months.
These two met on another adventure ages ago. Almost two decades back, they crossed paths while trekking in Zambia. And guess what? Their families are totally onboard with their escapade.
Ellie let CBS News in on a little secret: “My daughter is not too concerned. She just says ‘Well, if Mom falls out of a hot air balloon in Egypt or off of the mountain … That’s fine. She’s living the life she wanted to live, and I’m happy for her.'”
Dr. Hazelip closes the show with a shoutout to their generation: “Don’t sit in that chair and waste away. If you don’t use it, you lose it.”