Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fitness Friday: Golden Opportunities

Today I am off beginning my adventure running the Reach the Beach Relay in New Hampshire. While I am very excited to be hanging out with my running partner and four other crazy runners in a van for the next 24+ hours, I am also super jazzed about some exciting events that I have coming up next week.


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  • On Tuesday I'm attending a screening of the Nike film There Is No Finish Line which documents the spirit of Joan Benoit Samuelson through her career and a Q & A session with Joan after at the Palace Theater in Manchester. Joan is an American marathon runner who won the first ever gold medal for the Women's Marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a two time Boston Marathon winner, and she still holds the fastest finish time for an American at the Chicago Marathon. She has also run a sub-3-hour marathon in FIVE different decades!
     Here is a preview of the film: 


                                   

  • On Wednesday, I am one of 50 lucky people who get to participate in a Run with Joanie through Livingston Park in Manchester. This event includes a 30 minute warm up and discussion, a 30 minute run, and a post-run stretch and talk.


In August I was supposed to run the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in which Joan Benoit Samuelson is the founder and chair. She ran the race herself, along with icons Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to the race at the last minute, so I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend these events and hopefully erase my feelings of disappointment for missing what looked to be an amazing race in Maine. I am optimistic that I will get another chance to run it next year.


Who is the most famous runner you have ever met?



10 comments:

  1. Oh wow!!! You have a lot of fun stuff coming up! I've never met a famous runner. :-( Have fun at the relay this weekend!!!

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  2. OMG I am so jealous! Joanie is so amazing.

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  3. i havent met any famous runners, but this is so super exciting for you!! congrats and enjoy, lady! spa love!!!

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  4. Just love Joannie! The closest I've come is running the Tufts 10k getting high fives from her at the finish line :)

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  5. I have yet to meet a 'famous' runner but would LOVE to one day! Excited for you! SPA <3

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  6. Can't say I've met any famous runners but that is pretty cool that you'll get to run with Joan! Livingston is a great trail because it's a nice one mile loop.

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  7. I'll be there too! So excited to meet and run with such a legend. What time are you running?

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  8. Wow, what a great opportunity. I heard her speak at an event a few years back and how inspiring! I have had the chance to meet Carrie Tolefson and run with her.

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  9. I am so incredibly jealous of you!!! I am in love with Joanie. I might have a problem. I have seen her at many local races - but I have never ever gotten up enough courage to talk to her. I just look like a fool. She amazes me. I hope she's doing the Tufts 10K, maybe I'll have some courage to talk to her then!

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  10. wow - what an awesome opportunity! I never had the chance to run with anybody famous, however, I did have the opportunity to drive a girl to a race this past summer. Turns out she is from Kenya (currently back home and training there) - when I asked her what she does her reply was that she's a professional athlete........one day soon we'll see her name floating around :)

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