Olympic Medalist Adds Motherhood to Balancing Act
JOPLIN, Mo. - Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor is sharing some of her experiences this week in southwest Missouri.
The Joplin Globe reports that Kastor will speak Friday night at the Joplin Memorial Run pre-race banquet at Missouri Southern State University.
The 40-year-old snatched her bronze medal during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She also racked up numerous victories in marathons and half-marathons, is an eight-time national champion in cross country and is the only American woman to break 2:20 in the marathon.
She runs more than 100 miles a week, with two workouts every day except Sunday, when she has one long run. She also heads to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for weight lifting, stretching, posture exercise and a type of workout called plyometrics.