247: Jeannie Rice on Setting Age Group World Records in the Marathon at 72 Years Old

“I think I have 7 national records right now. But that can be beat anytime as you know. Records can always be beat by somebody else. I like to keep my records as long as I can, that’s why I keep going after my own. That’s what I’m working on, and it’s fun, and running is part of my life. I just get up in the morning and run before I do anything”
Jeannie Rice

Jeannie Rice is a fiercely competitive runner. She holds multiple age group World Records and US National Records, most notably breaking her own World Record in the marathon running a 3:24 at the 2019 Berlin Marathon. At 72 years young, Jeannie is yet to slow down and remains determined to keep challenging herself in the realm of running and life. Jeannie approaches running with a love and simplicity that allows her to keep pushing her limits at an age many would have found reasons to cease competing. This conversation with Jeannie covers the following topics:

  • How she started running
  • Her training and approach to racing
  • Her deeply competitive nature and how she keeps that competitive fire stoked
  • Why she loves running and the running community
  • Some of the favorite races she’s done
  • Being a mentor, mother and grandmother 
  • What she does outside of running
  • Why Joan Benoit Samuelson inspires her
  • Mental toughness and how it is important to always do your best
  • Working hard, not taking shortcuts, and her ‘no pain no gain’ mentality
  • Passing on lessons from running to her children and grandchildren, and how she shares running with them
  • How she has adjusted her training and mindset during COVID, and her future goals

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