Marie-Louise Michelsohn takes 2 minutes off W65 10K record
Marie-Louise ran at Spokane nationals.
Marie-Louise Michelsohn says conditions were chilly, “about 50 degrees (with a) scotch mist,” but had no problem demolishing the listed W65 American record in the track 10,000 yesterday. She clocked 44:47.58 at the USATF Pacific Association Open Championships at College of San Mateo, south of San Francisco. “The old record was 47:09.40 (by Masters Hall of Famer Toshiko d’Elia in 1995),” Marie-Louise says. “It wasn’t quite as fast as the 43:06 I ran two years ago but didn’t get credit for since the photofinish tape was taped over before a picture was printed. But it was sweet to run a record in the second half of my age-group. I was 67 1/2 on April 8.” She had two male runners in the race, she reports. “I was really concentrating on this race. Everybody at the race knew I was running at record pace and aiming for the record. The announcer was very helpful. He announced my splits and my lap times on the mike. It really helped me know right where I was. And he asked the crowd to cheer and help me in in my last two laps. It was great support. The paperwork is indeed all in order. Everyone was very professional. I have two copies of the finish photo. Someone took me around to get all the signatures. It was a wonderful experience.”
Marie also wants to expand on her coaches.
Ed Gonera did coach me for six or seven weeks at the height of last year’s
indoor track season and he was of enormous help — running with me and
teaching me a lot. But Ed Small has been coaching me for years — first
at the Armory, with Sharon Warren — and then by phone from North
Carolina. He even set up my program for the 400 for last year’s indoor
season, starting in October.
Ed Gonera worked with me in February and
March. Ed Small has been a great coach as well as a very dear friend.
Before I trained with Ed Small, I trained with Pete Squires for
distance. Pete is a great coach and was a great distance runner back in
the day. He got cheated out of being in the Olympics in steeplechase and
marathon by the Carter boycott.
Pete still helps me out now and then by
telling me what workout to do at some specific tricky times. He told
me what to do for an important workout in prep for this 10,000m. I am
very grateful to both Ed Small and Pete Squires.
Marie-Louise says she’ll race at the USATF Metropolitan Association meet in New York and at the Oshkosh nationals in July. In her 10K yesterday, she averaged 7:12 a mile, and her age-graded time was worth 30:31.6.
The W65 world record is 42:07.1 by Australia’s Theresia Baird in 2007.
Great run, Marie-Louise. Hope your times continue to warm up.