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  • Mary Slaney

    Still running, still having surgery.

    http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/ ... ttles-slo/

  • #2
    Remarkable... at long last everything has been said and no one has any comments left about Mary Slaney!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jhc68
      Remarkable... at long last everything has been said and no one has any comments left about Mary Slaney!
      I feel like I am running when I put in my 8:30 to 10:00 mile runs- she is 50, afterall. I always wondered if so many elites did not continue to compete because they could not deal with getting slower.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Helen S
        Originally posted by jhc68
        Remarkable... at long last everything has been said and no one has any comments left about Mary Slaney!
        I feel like I am running when I put in my 8:30 to 10:00 mile runs- she is 50, afterall. I always wondered if so many elites did not continue to compete because they could not deal with getting slower.
        When she talks of "only" running " about a 7 1/2 minute pace"...at her age... I think that's FLYING !

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dukehjsteve
          Originally posted by Helen S
          Originally posted by jhc68
          Remarkable... at long last everything has been said and no one has any comments left about Mary Slaney!
          I feel like I am running when I put in my 8:30 to 10:00 mile runs- she is 50, afterall. I always wondered if so many elites did not continue to compete because they could not deal with getting slower.
          When she talks of "only" running " about a 7 1/2 minute pace"...at her age... I think that's FLYING !
          I wonder how accurate that 7:30 pace is. It is quite startling if you haven't timed yourself recently how much you slow down as you get over 50.

          Reminds me of twenty-five years ago in Boulder when runners where supposedly going on slow runs at 6 min pace.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Helen S
            I feel like I am running when I put in my 8:30 to 10:00 mile runs- she is 50, afterall. I always wondered if so many elites did not continue to compete because they could not deal with getting slower.

            There is a lot of truth to that, at least for me. I can definitely deal with getting slower and I truly enjoy going out and running. I quit timing myself long ago and run the way I feel. However, when it comes to competing and training to compete, there came a point where I was working just as hard to run slower and it really wasn't worth it. Add to that a husband and children, home, and other responsibilities, and the priorities change. In order to compete at a top level, those living with you have to sacrifice as well, and at some point (especially with kids), it becomes "their" turn.

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            • #7
              I got on the track after a long time gone. Got all warmed up and was gonna run a 8 min. temp session-went thru the 200 in 43 seconds........could have sworn it was no slower than 38 seconds......oh no im old!!!!!! Well it still FELT fast.
              phsstt!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SQUACKEE
                Well it still FELT fast.
                I can relate. Even before old age and arthritis sidelined me, my jogging pace became my race pace ten years later.

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                • #9
                  I have several very clear memories of Mary.
                  1) From the TV, little Mary throwing the relay baton at the big bad Russian woman. - that would have been well back in the 1970's.
                  2) I was in the Stadium in Helsinki in 1983, when Mary put together 2 of the gutsiest performances I have ever seen, winning Gold in both the 1500 and the 3000 metres at the first World Championships.
                  3) Also in the Stadium in Los Angeles in 1984, during one of Mary's most painful moments.
                  4) In 1991, we were holding a little warmup meet in Victoria, prior to the World Championships in Tokyo. I received a call from Richard (Mr. Slaney) just a few days before the Meet, and he asked if Mary could come up and run the 1500. Doh !!! I told him I didn't think we had a "rabbit", and he said no problem --- no money changed hands.
                  With one days notice in the local Daily, we had a couple of thousand show up at the Gate, and pay a couple of bucks, mostly to watch Mary. We roped off the track, so the fans could come down and watch the 1500 from lane 4...
                  Mary front-ran a 4:03, both Leah and Debbie tried to chase her down over the last few hundred metres, and ran 4:05, and there were several other Canadians dragged along to sub 4:10 runs, by Mary.
                  Great memories of a great athlete.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jhc68
                    Remarkable... at long last everything has been said and no one has any comments left about Mary Slaney!

                    From a previous thread:

                    http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discuss ... highlight=

                    Brian
                    Joined: 08 Oct 2005
                    Posts: 1191

                    PostPosted: 09 Aug 2008 13:35 Post subject: Re: Eugene Olympic Trials2012 -what could be done better? Reply with quote Edit/Delete this post
                    [quote="j What could be done better next time?([/quote}

                    One thing that left a bad taste in my mouth was the Eugene provincialism that allowed a local who sat out a drug/high testosterone suspension to be honored as an event presenter.


                    Sends a bad message and very hypocritical in this age of zero tolerance.

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