On Sunday, October 18, I completed the San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon in 5:46 hours, among the top 10 in my age and gender category. I was greeted at the finish line by firemen in tuxedos who handed a Tiffany necklace to anyone who finished the marathon in 6-1/2 hours or less.
Just as I have never previously run for City Council, I never previously ran a marathon. The two activities complemented each other; training for the marathon conditioned me for walking door to door to meet voters. Thanks to Cleveland Heights running trainer, Kate Pophal, for getting me to the start line ready to go, and to Cleveland Heights massage therapist, George Kroto, for restoring me after the race.