1985 Races

Running Business

When I began my serious pursuit of athletics in 1976/77, I could hardly imagine where it would lead. Would I ever become capable of winning the Boston Marathon or making the Olympic Team? I thought a lot about it on my cross country excursion in 1977 and became determined to pursue this dream "quest."

I was fortunate to establish a relationship with an athletic shoe company and had the support of my running club, the GBTC. I worked in a retail athletic shoe store for two years and also had established a shoe re-soling business.

This led in 1985 to an opportunity to become head of Running Promotions for an athletic shoe company. I had been working part time as an assistant to the head of Running Promotions for this same shoe company for a couple of years. In 1984 the company had made a major promotions effort at the Los Angeles Olympics. This was followed in 1985 by a major cut back in promotions in 1985, just as I was taking over. It was not a great situation for myself or for the athletes I would be working with.

My own running was on the back-burner. It would be the only year between 1977 and 1988 when I did not run a marathon. I did have a fairly solid year and when I decided that the athletic shoe company business was not what I wanted to do I felt I could return to the running wars through 1988, hopefully and run better than I ever had.

Most of 1985ís racing was low key but I did point for the National Cross Country to be held in Raleigh NC. Training and racing went well and when I won the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh in October I felt that I was in pretty solid shape for Nationals. Unfortunately at the National I was spiked in the first quarter mile of the race by my teammate Steve Lacy! My shoe was torn off at the heal. Most everyone was wearing long spikes on the muddy course. I stopped in shock after putting out a hand signal and pulling over to the side. I pulled the shoe back on though because it was ripped it continued to flap around and threaten to come off in the mud for the remainder of the race.

As I began running again after stopping for the first time I was in dead last place and the first person I passed was wearing headphones. He must have mistaken the National for a local road race. I worked my way up throughout the race and wound up sprinting to the finish with, of all people, Steve Lacy! My man who had spiked me! I finished 27th and consider it to be perhaps my finest cross country race ever. At the end of 85 I left my shoe company position and enrolled at the University Of Lowell to finish my undergraduate degree. I was also hired as the Womenís Head Cross Country and Track Coach. I was interested in pursuing college coaching and went to school part-time only in 1986 so that I could accommodate the coaching, my own running and my studies.

My athletic shoe company had given me a small contract and with my coaching salary and my earnings from running related activities, racing, clinics etc. I was able to "get by." I knew at the end of 1985 that my athletic career was peaking and I was determined to take advantage of every opportunity.

1985 RACES

January

19th - NET&F Meet
Mile 4:14.5

27th - GBTC Invitational
5k 14:14.3

February

24th - Hyannis Ma.
Half Marathon 1:07:21 tie 1st

March

10th - Hynes Road Race Lowell Ma.
5m 23:58 2nd

30th - Westfield Relays
5k 14:21 1st

31st - Cohasset, Ma. Road Race
10k 29:55 1st

April

6th - Colonial Relays W&M Va.
5k 14:18 2nd

18th - BC Relays Boston, Ma.
5k 14:05 1st

25th - Penn Relays Phila.
10k 29:01 2nd

May

1st - BC Development Meet
1500m 3:58.9 2nd

15th - BC Development Meet
1500m 4:00.4 2nd

22nd - BC Development Meet
5k 14:02 2nd

25th - Wheeling WV Elbys Road Race
20k 63:39 4th

31st - McGill University Invitational Montreal Can.
10k 3rd 29:25

June

5th - BC Development Meet
5k 13:59.7 5th

9th - Litchfield Hills Road Race CT
7.1m 34:05 2nd

22nd - Mt Washington Road Race
7.6m 61:31 1st

July

13th - Midnight Madness Road Race Ames IA
20k 63:15 3rd

29th - Nike 5 Road Race Holliston Ma
5.2m 25:23 1st

AUGUST

6th - Lowell, Ma. Development Meet
2m 9:01 1st

September

7th - Northeastern Invitational Cross Country Franklin Park Boston
10k 31:29 2nd

15th - Jim Witt Road Race Lowell, Ma.
5m 23:53 2nd

October

6th - Freedom Trail Road Race Boston, Ma.
8m 38:17 4th

12th - Paul Short Invitational Cross Country Lehigh PA
10k 30:28 1st

November

10th - Salem Screen Road Race Salem, NH
5m 23:27 4th

30th - National Cross Country Raleigh, NC
10k 32:12 27th

December

15th - Springfield Ma. Road Race
20k 65:46 1st

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