Wednesday, September 19, 2012
81 year old sets new Half-Marathon record...
Whitlock fell on ice last November and broke a rib, one month after lowering his 80+ marathon world record to 3:15:54. He missed months of training and didn't resume his famed routine of daily two- to three-hour runs in a nearby cemetery until mid-summer.
In a post race interview, he said...."I have had injury issues all this year and I am not in 100% shape. I was relieved to beat the half record as I thought it would be touch and go considering my less than optimum training. The course was flat and weather conditions were very good, little wind and low temperatures."
His next race is the Toronto Marathon in October........."I am not 100% sure whether I will do the half or the full but I am leaning towards the full," Whitlock said. "My expectations for the marathon are not too high as there's not much time to improve my condition before then.