Extracurricular Cool Women

If these women weren't cool enough, their hobbies just took them over the edge. See what these busy bodies do in their spare time.

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    Runner's World


    Profession: AOL sales development manager in San Francisco

    Obsession: Marathon running

    How'd you get into running? In high school, a girlfriend talked me into trying out for cross-country because she was into a guy on the team. Eventually I ran at the University of California, Berkeley.
    First marathon? December 2007, in Sacramento, California.
    Time? Two hours and 42 minutes, so about 6:18 per mile. I qualified for the Olympic trials. That's crazy! I have no idea how I did it.
    Best Olympic trials result? This year I placed 19th [out of 152].
    Training schedule? Six a.m.—12 to 13 miles on workdays and 14 to 22 miles on Saturdays.
    Replace shoes... Every three weeks.
    Diet? Up to 3,500 calories per day. I eat a lot of almonds and avocados.
    Advice for new runners? Anything new is going to be hard. Set achievable goals. Start small.

    First stop: Get your shoes fit at a running store.
    Brooke's picks: Nike LunarSpider shoes ($125); Run Coach Pro iPhone app ($5.99).

    Jake Stangel
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