PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, October 24, 1976-My most unforgettable marathon has to have been my first one. It was the inaugural Ocean State Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island, in the fall of 1976. But ironically, what I remember most are the events that led up to the race, not the race itself.
I had started running barely 11 months before this first marathon because I wanted to lose weight. I never ran in high school or college. As I recall, I weighed 107 when I graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, Massachusetts, but in the five years since then, I had gained 45 pounds.
I had attended Quincy Junior College, where I majored in kiddy whist and beer. I had worked as a nurse's aide all through high school and was still doing that job many years later. I loved it. But I was getting kind of tired of my life. I just really got tired. I knew there was more to life. I was very unhappy with the way things were going for me.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
An inspiring article by Patti Catalano Dillon (legendary American marathon runner, first American woman under 2:30 in the marathon). She describes he first marathon and the process leading up to it. I find Patti's story one of the most inspiring and motivating I've come across. At the age of 23, 50-lbs. overweight and smoking two packs of cigarettes per day, she decides to start running...the rest is history.