|11/05/2023||New York City Marathon|
Shamrock Run Portland 2023
Minocqua Island Swim
OhioHealth Capital City Half
United Airlines NYC Half
|11/07/2021||New York City Marathon||10th in AG; 10197 of 24,947 overall|
Revel Wasatch Half Marathon
|1st in AG; 32 female; 52 overall|
Eugene virtual half marathon
|1st in AG; 81st Female overall|
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Corbett, Oregon | none
|Primary Discipline(s)||Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Road Running, Aquathon|
|Bucket List Race||SwimRun - either Orcas Island, Michigan, or Austin - or all 3?|
|Post-Race Drink||Chocolate milk or Carnation Instant Breakfast (chocolate) made with half chocolate milk/half 1% milk|
|Off-Day Activity||What's an "off-day?" I have a run streak that will hit 5 years in November, 2022.|
Despite being almost 69 years old, I am still a competitive runner (5K - half marathon), usually finishing at the top of my age group. I also love to swim and will participate in open water events and aquathons. I really hope to find a partner for a SwimRun someday or I will probably compete solo at some point.
I am not terribly interested in triathlons (I have done sprint ones years ago) since I would need to buy a bike and spend even more time away from home/family training on the bike. I also do not like to ride on the roads - for safety reasons.
I ran my first marathon in my mid-40s and thought, "Why would anyone do more than one?" But, at age 65, friends talked me into doing the Revel Mount Hood with a shared goal of qualifying for Boston. Well, that did not work for me as the wheels came off around mile 18 and I walked the final mile. But I was able to enter the 2020 NYCM using a half marathon time. Of course 2020 was cancelled, but I did run the 50th in 2021.
Despite a severe hamstring cramp about 1.25 miles from the finish, I managed to run 4:17. That was fast enough (by a healthy 18 minutes) to submit my entry for the 2023 Boston Marathon. Meanwhile, I'll be running the Chicago Marathon this October (2022).
Now I am seriously considering completing the World Majors. I will need to run Tokyo, London, and Berlin to reach that goal. And, I will be in my early 70s when I do so!
In the past several years, swimming has become a similar obsession, although not a daily thing. I try to swim at least three days a week, wither pool or open water, or both.
I lost my husband of 38+ years in late June. It was a terrible month since he had been hospitalized for almost the entire month before he died. Running & swimming and the friends I’ve made through both have been a HUGE benefit to my sanity and the best stress-relievers anyone could have. The movement and the friends have truly helped me survive and continue to push on - both physically and mentally.