Watch: Milind Soman’s mom run a marathon – in a sari and barefoot!

Possibly one of the fittest septuagenarian women in the country, Usha Soman matches her son - step for step - on the penultimate day of The Great India Run.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2017 5:14 pm
milind soman mom running, milind soman mom, milind soman, usha soman, the great india run marathon, milind soman ironman, ironman, pinkathon This video of Milind Soman’s mom running the marathon has gone viral for all the right reasons. Life goals, anyone? (Source: The Great India Run/Facebook)

Ironman Milind Soman has been redefining fitness at 50 in India, and a latest video explains the force behind his marathon successes. It’s his mother!

In a recent video shared on Facebook by The Great India Run – a two-week-long marathon between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in which Soman has been participating – his absolutely awesome septuagenarian mother Usha decided to join him. According to the information on the video, it was shot on the penultimate day of the The Great India Run (which concludes on August 4) near the Manor, a district near Thane.

The video has gone viral for obvious reasons. Within a day of being posted, it was viewed nearly 350,000 times, with close to 5,000 shares. And the numbers are going up as we type.

But if you think a septuagenarian running a marathon is unbelievable, there’s more. The biochemist and former teacher was running in a sari and barefoot! Beat that! That’s 20 seconds of awesomeness that will give you life goals for sure. In fact, this is not the first time she’s wowed everyone either. A couple years back, Usha reportedly walked 100km in less than 48 hours for the Mumbai Oxfam Trailwalker, and that too without any assistance or medical help. How many of us can boast of that?!

Watch the video here.

Milind Soman himself has become a poster boy of marathon running and fitness in India. He organises the Pinkathon, a running event that raises awareness on breast cancer, and has been a huge supporter of women empowerment and fitness for quite a while. According to reports, he is working on developing a lightweight running sari for women, and it’s not suprising to see where he may have got the idea from.

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    SaRa Nara
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    The word marathon is used incorrectly in this article, and most others about such endeavors. A marathon is 42.2k (26 mi). Anything other than that distance isn't a marathon. What MS is doing is probably better defined as an ultra marathon.
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      rk
      Aug 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm
      Such a fantastic couple :)
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        Thirumavalavan
        Aug 19, 2016 at 9:56 am
        In Tamilnadu people of all age groups do walk with devotion to Palani Murugan temple on hill top from distant locations like Karaikudi 165km, Madurai 125 km, Coimbatore 110 Km etc. during festivals as Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthiram, Vaikasi Visakam etc.
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          ram
          Aug 6, 2016 at 6:05 am
          Your headline is misleading, she ran only a few metres, not the entire marathon,
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            SaRa Nara
            Jul 11, 2017 at 2:08 pm
            The word marathon is used incorrectly in this article, and most others, anyway. A marathon is a 42.2-km (26-mile) run. What MS is doing is probably better defined as an ultra-marathon.
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            Citizen
            Aug 4, 2016 at 11:12 am
            salute to the great woman
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