Every time there is a really big marathon, I get excited. Don’t you?? I am going to love watching my favorite fabulous runners really take center stage and ROCK their training. The elite pool of NYC competitors is some of the very best in the entire world!
Deena Kastor, a master’s runner, is just the coolest lady…I want to be her someday, please and thank you. She is hoping to set the master’s record of 2:26 this year. Ummm…what?? Deena is 41, just a little FYI….I am so going to beasting marathons in my 40’s….
And then there is my new favorite…A runner I had never heard of before this week, but she is amazing!!
Her name is Lauren Kleppin and she is just beginning to tap into her marathon potential. If anything, I feel like I can relate the MOST to this young star athlete. She struggled to get running career going. She finally realized that this running was something she truly wanted to give her all to, so she moved to join the North Mammoth Track Club and has been blossoming under the tutelage of Deena and Andrew Kastor. She smashed her 2013 PR of 2:42 by 12 minutes at the LA marathon this year, so it look like the tutoring is paying off!
Perhaps my favorite thing about Miss Lauren likes to reward herself with a cold beer after her hard runs. Spoken like a girl after my own heart… Go get it Lauren, I’m here rooting you on, and someday maybe I will be as fast as you!
Last, but not least.. there’s the girl on everybody’s mind…(or maybe just mine?!) She is running the long road back from injuries. She isn’t favored to win, but that doesn’t mean that everybody’s not paying close attention to her ever move…Kara Goucher. I just love her. I can’t wait to see how her run goes! She had always been an amazing running inspiration to me and I wish her nothing but amazing good luck!!!
For more on the elite runners, you can check out this article in Runners World!
Happy Friday, and happy running!