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At Age 39, a Nurse and Mom of Three Has Huge Marathon Breakthrough

At Age 39, a Nurse and Mom of Three Has Huge Marathon Breakthrough

Roberta Groner, a 39-year-old full-time nurse and mother of three, took nearly six minutes off her personal best to finish second in 2:30:38. It was an astonishing performance, given her experience in running until that point. It’s been just six years since Groner ran her first marathon, and she’s lowered her time by 42 minutes. She first ran 3:12:42 at the 2011 Chicago Marathon . And though she was a runner until age 21, Groner took a 10-year break from the sport from about 1999 to 2009. Related: PRs Aplenty and 5 Startling Stats From the 2017 Cal International Marathon Heading into the race, Groner’s primary focus was running securing her spot in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials . A 2:37:00 or faster would earn her travel and lodging assistance for the race, but she had trained to run 2:35 and felt she could contend for a top five spot. “Did I expect a 2:30? No. But...

Full article: https://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/at-age-39-a-nu...

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