As reported by the NY Times:
“Life can bestow unexpected gifts, and sometime in her late 40s, Martin, a real estate agent living on Long Island, a busy working mother who had never been in a track meet, discovered a glorious secret hidden away in her body. Not only was she a good runner, she was also an outstanding one. In fact, she was one of the most remarkable female distance runners in the world.
“This discovery of greatness in her legs came too late for the kind of dreams a younger woman might have: intercollegiate championships, Olympic glory, being the absolute fastest of the fast. As decades pass, maximum heart rate slows, aerobic capacity wanes, muscle mass tends to dwindle.
“But Martin has been redefining what is possible for an older body, setting a string of formidable national and world records . . . [Since hitting her ] 50s, she broke American records in more than a dozen events.”
For the full article, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/sports/runner-kathy-martin-60-is-speeding-through-records.html
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