Posted by: Diane | March 15, 2013

Treadmill Talk

I meet some really interesting people when I’m working out at the gym. I get really bored when I’m on the treadmill so I’ve been trying to strike up some conversation with my fellow treadmillers. The good news is that I haven’t fallen off the end of a treadmill for quite a while so I have now graduated to running AND conversing at the same time.

I met “79-year-young” Gertie this week. (not her real name but she reminded me of my Aunt Gertie, so that’s what I will call her.) Gertie stepped right up onto the treadmill, pushed some buttons to set up her walking program and got right down to business. At one point, our eyes met, so I smiled and took the opportunity to say hello. Gertie had such a warm countenance and we struck up a great conversation as we put in the kilometers.

Time flies when you’re engaged in a stimulating discussion, doesn’t it?

After about fifteen minutes of talking, I complimented Gertie on her activity level and then, she vividly reminded me why I enjoy being with older women so much.  The conversation went something like this:

D – Gertie, you amaze me.  You’re committed to staying healthy and you have such a wonderful spirit.

G – Well, my husband died a few years ago and that was very difficult for me but less than a year ago, my oldest son died and that was just devastating.  No mother should have to bury her own child. 

D – Oh, I’m so sorry, Gertie. 

G – My son was a good man, a good husband and a wonderful father of five. When he died, I felt like I had died. I had to make a decision – was I going to just give up on life or move on?

D –  So, you moved on, Gertie. How did you do it?

G – Golf lessons on Monday, Pilates on Tuesday, yoga on Wednesday, treadmill on Thursday and spinning on Friday. Volunteer work on Saturday and grandkids on Sunday. I filled my afternoons and evenings so I didn’t have as much time to think about my son. 

D – What about the mornings, Gertie?  What did you do with your mornings?

G – Oh, they were the most painful so I filled that time with God.

Amazing woman.

Amazing God.

Jesus hear your tears...

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.   Psalm 40.2 NIV



  1. GREAT GREAT story. I want to be more like Gertie.

  2. What an inspiration! She made the decision to either give up or move on and God gave her clear direction to move on. I admire her for her ability to overcome this unbelievable pain of losing her husband and then her son.
    ‘Mrs. B.’

    • Yes, I am really blessed to meet older women like Gertie. She is really a special woman… you, Mrs. B. Love Diane

  3. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing that!

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