Book Excerpt: Joan Benoit Samuelson On Running Through Her 50s

Book Excerpt: Joan Benoit Samuelson On Running Through Her 50s

Joan Benoit Samuelson. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Beverly. Republished from Run Strong, Stay Hungry by Jonathan Beverly with permission from VeloPress. Adaptability: Setting Goals As she approached 50, Joan Benoit Samuelson faced a decision. Up until then, the queen of the American marathon was still competing in the lead pack. While she wasn’t winning large races anymore, she remained a fierce contender. “In my mid-40s, I was racing, trying to run as fast as I can. I didn’t look at myself as a master runner,” she told me. At 48, she qualified for her seventh Olympic Trials by running a 2:46:27 at the 2006 Twin Cities Marathon, placing 11th overall. Her times, however, were far slower than they had been, and while she never considered quitting running, she was thinking seriously about no longer competing. “I got slower,” she said. “But I’m passionate about the sport. It’s ...

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