Christen Meyer Cracks Three Hours At Cal International Marathon

Four years ago, Run SMART client Christen Meyer had what many considered career ending surgery on her Achilles. She underwent a long and slow recovery process but refused to believe she couldn’t compete at a high level again. This past weekend her perseverance paid off at the Cal International Marathon. At age 48, and competing in her first race in four years, Christen ran 2:58:21 to finish second in her age group!

“The best part about Christen’s race was that she said it felt pretty easy,” said her coach Brian Rosetti.

Christen Meyer Wins Masters Division At Philly Marathon

On a dreary, cold and windy day in Philadelphia, Run SMART client Christen Meyer managed to set another marathon personal best, finishing in 2:49:48 (first sub-2:50 performance). She was 1st masters woman, 14th female overall and had the second fastest age graded time of the day! You can see Christen’s and the overall female race results for the Philly Marathon here. The most impressive note to add on Christen’s performance from a coach’s perspective is that she ran her second half (1:24 and change) faster than her first (1:25 and change) (Official splits coming soon). Her fastest mile split wasn’t until mile 22 when she dropped a 6:19!

We were fortunate enough to begin coaching Christen about two years ago when her marathon pr was 2:55. She is now 44 years old and has dropped roughly 5 minutes off of her previous best. Maybe there’s something to this aging thing. Her first words to me after she finished were, “I can go faster.”

Nice work Christen! The extra work you put in this year of training has paid off well and will continue to pay off into next year.

-Brian Rosetti