How a 46-Year-Old Marathon Runner Keeps Getting Faster | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 01 November 2019
  • In a cluttered world of boutique fitness studios and high-end gear, Guillermo Piñeda Morales reminds us that we don’t need much to be our best.

    In the Video Op-Ed above, we trail Guillermo Piñeda Morales, a.k.a. Memo. He clocked a 2:28:42 at this year’s Boston Marathon, placing him in the top 10 marathon runners for his age group globally. That’s very fast.

    The American fitness industry is worth $30 billion, but Memo’s not in on the trend. He won’t pop up in your Instagram #fitspo feed and you won’t get a glimpse of him at your gym. But if you’re at the New York City Marathon this Sunday — or if you have a resolution to run a marathon next year — Memo is likely to be whizzing past you.

    What’s Memo’s trick? Well, you can find that in the video. But it’s far simpler and cheaper than anything else out there.

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Comments • 796

  • Ohg Gall
    Ohg Gall  3 days back

    is he wearing a vapor fly next %??

    • Tyrone Evans
      Tyrone Evans  5 days back

      I think our anti-immigrant, all Mexican are criminals President should watch this profile of a very fine Mexican immigrant and naturalized American citizen.

      • Cristian Rodríguez Aguilar

        La cagó, Memo. Increíble su historia. Me emociona ver personas con esa fuerza. Felicitaciones, Memo, si llegas a leer esto, quiero que sepas que eres un gran ejemplo.

        • Mansour Ali
          Mansour Ali  2 weeks back

          He still got the vaporfly tho.. I admire his humility.

          • 김혜경
            김혜경  2 weeks back

            he has the same name as my grandfather that passed away last year and my grandfather was also a marathon runner 🥺 Memo is such an inspiration for young athletes! (my dads name is Guillermo/memo and so is my brother )

            • a J
              a J  3 weeks back

              Run Forest Run...

              • prakash singh
                prakash singh  3 weeks back

                People who dont get Opportunity win it with their own style. His story incredible.

                • Toasters 47
                  Toasters 47  3 weeks back

                  My brother Josh. Blew himself up. And his kids

                  • Paloma Delgadillo
                    Paloma Delgadillo  3 weeks back

                    This is so wholesome. 😭😭😭 I’ve watched this video 3 times already.

                    • Avishkar Ghadge
                      Avishkar Ghadge  3 weeks back

                      Why does it have so less views

                      • White Dervish
                        White Dervish  3 weeks back

                        We love Memo ❤

                        • Greg Nance
                          Greg Nance  3 weeks back

                          You're amazing, Memo! Thanks for the inspiration, hermano!! Hope to share a run together someday soon :-)

                          • MilMil
                            MilMil  3 weeks back

                            Why he look like the skinny not bald, version of The Rock

                            • Joshua Kelsch
                              Joshua Kelsch  3 weeks back

                              I respect that he feels like he doesn't need a bunch of tracking devices to make him a better runner but it should be no stab to those that like using these devices to track their progress.

                              Sure I just got a new watch but prior to that I was using an old hand-me-down. I just got tired of it rarely uploading at times and then taking forever to connect to GPS.

                              Also, running may be advertised as something that's free but nothing in life is free. You need to change your shoes up every 300-400 miles. And that's an investment that adds up over time.

                              Other than that I'm very minimalistic when it comes to the rest of my gear.

                              • YTisDangerous
                                YTisDangerous  3 weeks back


                                • siddiqui saahab
                                  siddiqui saahab  3 weeks back

                                  If memo doesn't belive anything so why don't he wear any stuff say to him run naked... And reverse.

                                  • Dorian Herniote
                                    Dorian Herniote  3 weeks back

                                    Simple Ricks.

                                    • Kenyce
                                      Kenyce  3 weeks back

                                      This whole video was pretty wholesome, I was on the edge of tears too

                                      • bert carri
                                        bert carri  3 weeks back

                                        Memo please get back to me when you can, I'm older than you but want to run Boston Bert, [email protected] (mendeme un correo cuando pueda, gracias)

                                        • Jose Ramirez
                                          Jose Ramirez  3 weeks back

                                          Si no fuera por los subtítulos no le habría entendido a Memo

                                          • Casper.The.Friendly
                                            Casper.The.Friendly  3 weeks back

                                            Ngl he looks like a skinner version of Dwayne Johnson

                                            • Tom S
                                              Tom S  3 weeks back

                                              this has been edited unbelievably well

                                              • LUVAIR
                                                LUVAIR  3 weeks back

                                                Makes me want to run! :)

                                                • sldeyo
                                                  sldeyo  3 weeks back

                                                  He passed his citizenship test. 👍🏾 Let’s get more folks to do it the right way.

                                                  • Amina Bendada
                                                    Amina Bendada  3 weeks back

                                                    beautiful story

                                                    • Motivator Warrior
                                                      Motivator Warrior  3 weeks back

                                                      Is it me*, or is this voice the same voice that did that Octopus video years ago? It is! It's the octopus guy! 🐙

                                                      • Frederico Xavier
                                                        Frederico Xavier  3 weeks back

                                                        GO MEMO! REGARDS FROM BRASIL!

                                                        • Dublin Whatsapp
                                                          Dublin Whatsapp  3 weeks back

                                                          Who else thought it was THE ROCK in the thumb nail 😂😂

                                                          • Trevor Sherman
                                                            Trevor Sherman  3 weeks back

                                                            Ok put him in the military for 4 years then let him be a citizen 🤔

                                                            • Nancy H
                                                              Nancy H  3 weeks back

                                                              We believe in you Memo!!

                                                              • randy day
                                                                randy day  3 weeks back

                                                                News OAN and Epoch Times

                                                                • Reena Gao
                                                                  Reena Gao  3 weeks back

                                                                  “Yes I win some races” 🤣😂🤣

                                                                  • sbardella julio
                                                                    sbardella julio  3 weeks back


                                                                    • gotsu21
                                                                      gotsu21  4 weeks back

                                                                      Best things in the world come naturally. Everything else is just self-promoting marketeers. Good job Memo. Fact: rice and beans make up complete protein. They are cheap and excellent.

                                                                      • Carter Lutes
                                                                        Carter Lutes  4 weeks back

                                                                        1:05 "I win some races, yes. oh ya know just some maybe a few here and their. medals and trophies as far as the eye can see. No biggie

                                                                        • Bromar O
                                                                          Bromar O  4 weeks back

                                                                          I thought I saw the rock with hair in the thumbnail

                                                                          • Rey Tan
                                                                            Rey Tan  4 weeks back

                                                                            All the best Memo. God bless

                                                                            • Corek BleedingHollow
                                                                              Corek BleedingHollow  4 weeks back

                                                                              Because... he keeps at it and never quits. He deserves it.

                                                                              • mradmz20
                                                                                mradmz20  4 weeks back

                                                                                Can someone start a gofundme for him? although the money may just bring him misery it does to most of us ....

                                                                                • Heharsh Rajkamal
                                                                                  Heharsh Rajkamal  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Thats some great peice of art right there

                                                                                  • Just For Fun
                                                                                    Just For Fun  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Wow I pay $256/mo for yoga and gym memberships 🙄

                                                                                    • Mullet Man
                                                                                      Mullet Man  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Thank you to you are a true Mexican American

                                                                                      • Boco LWN
                                                                                        Boco LWN  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Memo is a true American.
                                                                                        Glad I can say that 🙂

                                                                                        • Modasar Shaffiq
                                                                                          Modasar Shaffiq  4 weeks back


                                                                                          • Carlos Mendoza
                                                                                            Carlos Mendoza  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Wow! great, story.

                                                                                            • Kevin
                                                                                              Kevin  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Yo I gotta meet him, I wanna ask him to train me

                                                                                              • clabert garibo
                                                                                                clabert garibo  4 weeks back

                                                                                                Such a humble guy

                                                                                                • Merrilou Neigenfind
                                                                                                  Merrilou Neigenfind  4 weeks back