We’re not surprised that the former Mrs. Lance Armstrong (she calls him her “wasban”) has just as much endurance, guts and cajones like her famous ex. She is regular contributor to Runner’s World magazine, her column and blog appear online and in print and have inspired her most recent book “Mile Markers.” Her open and honest writing about being a woman, mom and athlete made us fall in love with her—running a sub-4-hour 2011 Boston Marathon, the icing on the cake.
We are bowing down today to a perpetual rule-breaking, age-defying bad ass: Janet Evans. At age 40, Evans has qualified to swim at the Olympic trials in June. Her astonishing time of 4 minutes, 17.27 seconds brought her under the maximum time of 4:19.39 to qualify for the Olympic trials. Evans is already a 4-time Olympic gold medalist, swimming in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona games. We wish her luck on her comeback!
We’d like to congratulate Chrissie Wellington on her amazing victory at the 2011 Ford Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii! Chrissie fell behind during the bike course to Caroline Steffen and went head to head with last years champion, Miranda Carafe on the run course to ultimately come out the victor of the women’s race. Finishing in an absurdly impressive 8:55:08 she also set the record for the second fastest finishing time 0n the course. With her infectious smile, steadfast attitude and enthusiasm for the sport, it’s no wonder this 4-time world champion has inspired women and girls across the globe to jump into the world of bikes, wetsuits and running.
With personal records tucked safely under their running belts, we’d like to congratulate Mary, Camille and Emily for finishing this past weekends Seattle Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon.
Training buddies and co-workers, the trio are no strangers to half marathons – all three have completed numerous races but attacked the Rock n’ Roll with willpower, strength and pure determination to reach their personal goals of sub-two hour finishes. Their grace, humor and post-race beer drinking celebrations definitely make them Women We Love.
Rippped and ready just 7 months after giving birth to her first son, Colton, Kara made her comeback post-maternity at this year’s Boston Marathon. She placed fifth in the women’s division finishing with a time 2:24, hanging tough with some of the most elite runners in the world – and setting a personal record.
Kara trains with famed running legend Alberto Salazar in Beverton, Oregon at the Nike world headquarters campus alongside her husband, distance runner Adam Goucher. After a stellar college career at the University of Colorado – Boulder where she won three NCAA National titles, Kara made her marathoning debut at the 2008 New York City Marathon finishing third in the women’s division. Always a crowd favorite at U.S. races, Kara is a marathon hopeful for the 2012 London Olympics.