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Yugeta turned he when she ran at the Tokyo Marathon, the fastest time ever by a year-old woman. She made them spin with a at the Shimonoseki Kaikyo Marathon, where she became the first woman over 60 to break the three-hour barrier. She ran her lifetime PR, averaging per mile.
It seemed like she had come out of nowhere, and everyone had expected greats like Joan Benoit Samuelson to first achieve such marks. In high school and at university in Saitama, just northwest of Tokyo, Yugeta was a national-class middle distance runner, making the national high school championships in the meters and the podium of the meters at national championship meets while in college. Her PRs for those distances were and As she watched runner after runner round the final lap of the track in pouring rain, she was transfixed.
That took until she was 41 and a mother of four. Yugeta still did short races and a few marathons for fun in the years in between, but when she ran at the Sainokuni Marathon and a year later, she knew that with more serious training, sub was still in range.
Despite the demands on her time, she still raced almost every weekend, everything from track events to a kilometer ultramarathonwith a marathon once a month. But things changed when she hit her 50s. With her youngest son in junior high school, she had more time to train. She added a run commute and ed a high-level amateur club for nighttime track sessions in central Tokyo.
For the first time since college, she was doing organized workouts with like-minded people. Her mileage hit 60 a week—and followed.
Inat age 54, Yugeta ran at the Ohtwara Marathon. Turning 55, she set plus national records for meters, 3, meters, 5, meters, and 10, meters on the track. At 56 she was inspired again when she read that Benoit Samuelson had run at age A month later she ran the in Tokyo. I knew I had to do it. Yugeta studied training, nutrition, and everything else she could, looking for what she could learn from elite racers. She was careful to eat liver, maguro, and red meat to get iron. She slept eight hours every night.
She got acupuncture and massage regularly and did maintenance work at home. Despite her devotion to the extras, she has had her share of injuries, including nerve pain in her upper right leg and problems with her left hip. At 60 she fell hard during Osaka and was disappointed to finish in But a few months later came a major change. Yugeta gradually increased her weekly mileage to between 75 and 90 miles a week, partly on a cross-country course and trails. Fuji, then picks me up at the Fifth Station at about meters [roughly feet].
And then, the big prize: In November,in Shimonoseki, 40 years almost to the day after watching women run the streets of Tokyo for the first time, she ran to become the first woman over 60 to break three hours. A month later she dropped that to at the Saitama International Marathon. And ran straight into the pandemic. She also read that Haruka Yamaguchi, a high-volume amateur who had run in Osaka last year, trained miles a week. Yugeta spent the spring and early summer adding miles each week until she hit in August, an incredible training load for any amateur, let alone someone in her 60s.
Come fall, Yugeta backed off in mileage as races returned.
From mid-October to mid-December she did three small marathons, all in to On November 14 she ran Needing to run faster than in a 30K race to qualify for Osaka in January, on December 5 she ran at the Osaka 30K. And with that she hit her limit. In a time trial on January 3 Yugeta felt serious pain in her right hip.
Starting in last place in the field of 71, Yugeta tagged onto a small group and ran evenly. In her th marathon, she ended up 48th of 61 finishers, beating women a third her age and bettering her own world record with her Not getting injured is the main thing. Yugeta turns 63 in May.
Beyond that she hopes to run the Boston Marathon for the first time. Trail Running. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Brett Larner. Transfixed by the marathon In high school and at university in Saitama, just northwest of Tokyo, Yugeta was a national-class middle distance runner, making the national high school championships in the meters and the podium of the meters at national championship meets while in college. Related Stories.
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