Day 73/366 – Joan Benoit Samuelson and her running kicks are a true inspiration.
Name: Joan Benoit Samuelson
Via Inside Nike: Joan is one of the greatest female marathoners of all time. When she runs she doesn’t just set the pace, she owns it. She paved the road for female marathoners upon winning the first-ever Women’s Olympic Marathon in the 1984 Summer Games. But pre-Olympian status, Joan became a marathon threat after winning the 1979 Boston Marathon and knocking eight minutes off the competition record. But for Joan, winning once simply wasn’t enough; so four years later, she went back to Boston to repeat the success and set an 11-year standing course record with a time of 2:22:43. In 1985, Joan brought her talent to the Midwest to win the Chicago Marathon and set an American Record of 2:21:21, a record that stood for 18 years.
Joan is truly a woman of inspiration – she proves that the sky is the limit if you really aim high and go for it with all your heart. I was lucky enough to catch her before leading a run around the berm for the Nike+ Challenge. Every mile ran raises $.50 for the Girl Effect. You can join in on the challenge (and fun) too! Click here for all the details.
Kick’s on Joan’s feet: Nike Air Pegasus+ 28 Breathe’s in Copa/Black-White.
Many consider the Air Pegasus the foundation of Nike’s running shoes. The Pegasus originally debuted in 1983 and was designed for the “every day runner,” but since then they have been upgraded many times. The Nike Air Pegasus+ 28 Breathe features an ultra-breathable mesh upper that enables moisture management. They also feature strategically placed no-sew overlays, Flywire technology, Nike Zoom unit in the heel and a rubber outsole with flex grooves.
Thanks for being you, Joan! You’re right: “We are going to have weather, whether or not!” 🙂