Perusing through my 1984 Runner’s Day-by-Day Log and Calendar, it turns out that 1984 was my most prolific year for running. I ran a grand total of thirty races; three 3000m, one 3 mile, seven 5k’s, one 5.5 miles, thirteen 10k’s, one 15k, two 10 miles, one half marathon and one marathon. My highest mileage week was 51.7 miles. I’ve saved 23 running logs from 1984 to 2016. They’re brimming with anecdotes and pep talks, as well as, newspaper clippings and race ribbons. Garmin, Runkeeper and Strava are great tools for tracking mileage but I’m partial to the hard copy runners log.
CSUH Stanislaus Cross Country Meet 5k; 19:29
Bonne Bell 10k, San Francisco, CA; 40:45
San Francisco Marathon, San Francisco, CA; 3:29:35
Women’s Marathon 1984 Olympics
1984 was a banner year for women’s running, as well. It was the first year that women were allowed to compete in the Olympic Marathon. Sister Marion Irvine, a Roman Catholic nun, was the oldest 1984 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier at age 54 in 2:52:02. American Joan Benoit Samuelson won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2:24:52.
Susan M Hall is an American long-distance runner with a goal to run a half marathon in all 193 UN-recognized countries plus the two permanent non-member observer states of Palestine & the Holy See.
On her radar are the Outer Banks Half Marathon, Nags Head, North Carolina, USA; Beirut Half Marathon, Beirut, Lebanon; Radisson Blu Larnaka Half Marathon, Larnaka, Cyprus, and the Pyramids Half Marathon, Giza, Egypt.
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