Senior Masters Ace Kathryn Martin, 65, Runs Blazing Mile World Record
A year-round training approach equals a mix of speed, strength and distance so she is always prepared to race well at events of any length.
By John A. Kissane, Runner's World
American and world records don’t come easily for Kathryn Martin, but anyone would be excused for thinking otherwise. On March 2, on the indoor track at the Armory in New York, Martin sped to a 5:51.74 Mile, the fastest ever run by a woman age 65 or over, indoors or out.
Two weeks before the Armory Mile, at the U.S. masters indoor championships in mile-high Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin lowered the world indoor 65–69 standard to 6:01.46. She also set the global 800-meter record during the meet with a 2:44.35 and won at 3,000 meters in 11:53.52.
But failing to get a sub-6:00 Mile was disappointing. Martin and her husband, Chuck Gross, who serves as her coach, were confident that back down from altitude, and at the familiar confines of the Armory, she could run much faster.
That is, provided Martin made it to the starting line.
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