Her Story: Lynn Leonard, running for the long haul

My first marathon was during my master's program, when a group of running friends asked me to train with them for the Atlanta Marathon. I agreed to give it a try and loved it.
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Lynn Leonard
Ocala, Fla.

Age: 41

Sports: Running

Profession: Anesthetist

How I got started in sports: I was a sprinter in high school, and later, in college, I began running marathons. I was completing my master's at Emory University, when a group of running friends asked me to train with them for the Atlanta Marathon. I agreed to give it a try and loved it.

Favorite spot to be active: Georgias trails along the Chattahoochee River and Stone Mountain.

Life/sport philosophy: Running is a lot cheaper than therapy.

Athletic highlights: First women's masters and 5th overall female in the 2006 Disney Marathon. First women's overall in the Atlanta Marathon in 1995, 1996 and 1999 and second in 2000. Qualified for the Olympic marathon trials in 1996 and 2000. Set a PR of 2:48:36 at the 1998 Chicago Marathon.

Athletic goals: I'd like to possibly qualify for the Olympic Trials a third time. I'd also like to run the Seven Mile Bridge Run in Key West with my husband, Troy.

Favorite fuel: Pre-race: Einsteins power bagel with peanut butter and coffee. During: Vanilla Bean GU.

Favorite indulgence: Carrot cake, chocolate and peanut butter desserts.

When I'm not running, I'm: Spending time with Troy, my son Lewis and daughter Josie at home or at our lake house. I also enjoy cooking, but unfortunately don't get to do it as much of it as I'd like to.

Other interesting facts: Im an identical twin.


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