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Sunday, April 13, 2008

“Oh, God, no,” she said. “It’s just me against me. I want to run 2:50 at age 50.”

If she averages 6 minutes 30 seconds a mile, she will reach her goal of 2 hours 50 minutes. Her career best is 2:21:21, but that was 23 years ago over Chicago’s flat course.

“This will be my fourth Olympic trials,” she said. “I qualified for all of the previous six, but in 1988 I just had Abby and in 1992 I had a full mother load with two small children. But I’ve always had the urge to run.”

Samuelson said she used to run 120 miles a week. “Now I’m down to 70 or 80,” she said. “That’s all I can do.”

------Olympic Marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson

UPDATE: I stand corrected. THIS is the most inspirational person of the day:

Meet Buster Martin. He ran the London Marathon today and he's 101 years old!!
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:26 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At April 14, 2008, Blogger trigimper said…

    old Buster seems to be a bit of a fake...

    Shame. :-(

    4 of the Masai finished...

  • At April 14, 2008, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    But really, I could only hope to walk 28.6 miles at the age of 94!! I mean, I think they are splitting hairs at this age. I loved the fact that he stopped halfway for a pint!

  • At April 15, 2008, Blogger trigimper said…

    I kind of agree with you, but the presence of Max Clifford leads one to believe there is quite a bit of wool being pulled over the eyes.

    Yet there are plenty of folks to truly admire who don't possess the inestimable PR talents of MR Clifford - in Ironman finishes into their 80s - Jim Ward, Norton Davey, Bill Bell, or Sister Madonna Buder (yes, an Ironman nun). Though for inspiration I invariably come back to Rick and Dick Hoyt.

    ps....its 26.2 the 0.2 came to be added and why is a good pub trivia question.

  • At April 18, 2008, Anonymous DUDACKATTACK!!! said…

    Run, Forrest! Run!

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