My marathon journey began in February 1980 in the waiting area of a dentist's office in Rapid City, South Dakota. As I inhaled a Marlboro while scanning magazines for anything interesting, I spotted a woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The skinny blond Norwegian, Grete Waitz, had won the New York City Marathon in a new world record (it was her first of nine wins in the city; she was the second female ever on that magazine's cover). She was 26, I was 26, the race was 26 miles long. Hum, "I am not too old to do that stuff....." More than a seed was planted, fertilized, and watered that day. Needless to say, I no longer smoke; but I do have another addiction. The running I started in 1980 has been interrupted only twice, for the births of two more female marathoners. Leading Ladies will be my 28th marathon and my youngest daughter's first (on her 23rd birthday).
Thank you Grete, Elaine, and all the other female pioneers who have widened the trail.