By Carolyn Mather
A few years ago, my husband Steve, after smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for more than 30 years and being a very Type A executive who weighed in at more than 225 pounds, decided he needed to get in shape for skiing. He started "sneak" running as he did not want me to know. During a period of several weeks he managed to get injured. He finally confessed as he limped around and asked me for some "coaching." I helped him recover and within a few months he ran his first 5K at age 50 in 28:24, meeting his goal of being under 30 minutes, not walking, and not being last. He continued to improve and in January he told me he wanted to run a marathon.
Paul Riefberg needs your help finding some old race results, especially the Waynesboro (VA) Marathon of Oct. 8, 1977. Paul, a former Alabamian who lives in Texas, is seeking complete results of every marathon in which he participated – and there wasn’t much publicity given back in those early days of marathoning.
He recently tracked down the results of the 1974 Andrew Jackson Marathon in Jackson, Tennessee, where he finished sixth out of 35 finishers. He did that by obtaining age group results from the Jackson Sun daily newspaper, contacted runners on that list and found one who had the list of all finishers.
He also needs results of the Boston Marathon from April 1974. He placed 347th in 2:51:02 out of, perhaps, an estimated 1700 runners. He found a list of all sub-3-hour finishers but wants the complete finish list.
Running Journal is compiling a list of states across the South who are keeping State Running Records. You can find the current list on our website by clicking here. You’ll find records from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
By Mary Marcia Brown
I can well remember the days when a race time was merely an assemblage of meaningless numbers nestled nearly to each other and blurted out passionately, by the participant who had received them, when a friend, family member, or colleague posed the obligatory, “So how’d you do in the race on Saturday?” I can recall being the sender of that very question and responding with an, “Oh, that’s great!” whether the revealed 5K time was 16 or 60 minutes, or whether the disclosed distance marathon time was 2:15 or six hours. The fact is, one truly cannot comprehend times relative to running until he or she has run. At least, I couldn’t.