Unless, that is, you opt to simply leave those misconceptions in the dust.
That’s what 80-year-old Kay and Joe O’Regan did when they decided to start running marathons at age 50.
Here they are crossing their first finish line together in 1986, alongside their most recent hand-in-hand victory:
But the O’Regans aren’t just finishing marathons — they’re snagging first place in their age brackets. In the Cork City Marathon, which took place on June 6, 2016, they had the fastest time for their group: 5:25:29.
Even though they took up running later in life, that hasn’t stopped them from quite literally going the distance
Kay told People that she thought holding hands definitely helped give Joe the little burst of energy he needed to make it across the finish line — which just goes to show that even in a marriage 57 years strong, love is still key to getting through life.
Aside from their adorable finish, Joe and Kay said they don’t see themselves as extraordinary in the slightest.
“Running is just something we do,” Joe told Runner’s World.