Author Rosaura Tennant

I was born in Costa Rica in a little town (a jungle) near the border with Nicaragua. I didn't have any exposure to sport until I was 19 years old when I started the practice of Taekwon-Do, activity I did for 11 years. I left Taekwon-Do behind and I started swimming and learning how to ride a bicycle. Running wasn't something I enjoyed at the beginning and I suffered when I had to run 1-2 miles; little by little I started feeling more comfortable with it, so very quick running was part of my workouts because it was also helping me to get in better aerobic condition for my swimming practice. With some running, swimming and struggling with the bike rides I immersed into Triathlon, activity I did for a good amount of time. My first trip to this country was in 1996 to participate in an Olympic distance triathlon, the 1996 championship in Cleveland, Ohio, and that was the end of my triathlon career; I haven't done one ever since. I've been running for almost 30 years and I have done several 5K, 10K and half marathons, but it wasn't until 2006 when I ran my first Marathon in Portland with a time of 3:37, a qualifying time for Boston, but I didn't know that. I have done 16 marathons - three of them in Boston - and one 50K. In 2015 I ran Boston marathon in 3:24:50, a PR and 7AG; six days later I ran Big Sur Marathon (Boston to Big Sur Challenge) in 3:46, a decent time considering the terrain and the short brake I had between races. I continued training and racing during the following months but not running more than 16 miles as a long run, then I had the opportunity to run San Antonio Rock 'n Roll Full Marathon and I had only 6 weeks to get ready. I went there just thinking about finishing the race with a decent time, but I saw again my opportunity to improve my time from Boston/15 and I did it, I finished this race in 3:24:17 a new PR. I started 2016 with a 15K race in San Francisco and a week after I went to Arizona to be part of the Grand Prix Championship half marathon from the Rock 'n Roll Series. I ran this half marathon in 1:32:17, PR for over a minute improving my time from 4 years ago; this allow me to win also the international championship in my age group. Running is my passion and I only wish I can continue running "healthy" for a good amount of years.