Saturday, July 3, 2010
I was once told that I looked like Joan Benoit. I’m not sure the person was serious, but I took it as a huge compliment. The thought that I could favor in any way (real or imagined) Joan Benoit was amazing to me. After all, this woman was a marathon runner!!! Not just any marathon runner, but the first woman to win the gold in the Olympics woman’s marathon when the event was introduced in 1984 in Los Angeles!!!
My running is more jogging or plodding but I have always enjoyed it. I don’t have speed, but when I train I can build up endurance. Over the past few years it has become more walking my dogs than running.
Joan Benoit Samuelson is the famous runner brought in this year to compete in the 34th Firecracker 5k held on the July 4th weekend. The 5K takes place today, July 3rd, at 7:30 am.
I got to meet her yesterday when I picked up my husband’s and my race packets at Easy Runner, the race host. I was star-struck but managed to ask for a photo. Was at a loss of where to take the conversation when she noticed the pedometer on my skirt’s waistband. “How many steps do you do each day?”
“I try to get at least 10,000 steps each day. When you work in an office, it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking you’re more active than you are.”
“Good for you,” she replied. “If everyone in American did the same we wouldn’t have nearly the obesity problem we have.”