“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 SamuelsonUPDATE: 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!!