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Running for a lifetime

Updated: December 14, 2012, 10:26 AM ET
By Joan Benoit Samuelson | Women's Running

In 1979, I won a marathon for the first time. Thirty-three years later, with countless races under my belt, I continue to compete. More importantly, I still love the sport of running as passionately as I did three decades ago.

Other runners often ask me how I have been able to motivate myself over a long career. It's no secret that running is a difficult sport, and even the most avid runners often fall prey to burnout or nagging injuries. I think my longevity boils down to the fact that ...

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