Training Run and Filming with Gerry Lindgren
We met up with Gerry on Friday in Kauai
Friday, September 7th, 2012
I had never met Gerry Lindgren until Friday August 31 in Kauai. Gerry lives in Honolulu and we flew him over for the day. We did a training run which we filmed and then we sat down the talked about everything. I can still remember the day I was glued to the black and white TV set when he beat two seasoned Russian runners to win the 10,000 meters at the USA-USSR Track Meet in Los Angeles. It was July 25, 1964.
I had started running in 1962 and watching Gerry win that race was so inspiring. Just watching him pull that off gave me more drive. Gerry had to be part of our movie. I asked him and he agreed to meet up with us.
It is so beautiful in Kauai and Gerry said it is just as beautiful on Oahu too. I have been there several times and I would agree.
We talked about so many things including how he beat the Russians on the day in July in 1964.
He also gave me some advice on how he would run the hills on the first half of the Kauai Half Marathon. His advice really helped.
We mixed it up and ran in several locations.
Gerry was telling me about his 350 mile weeks. Yes, I said 350 miles. That's a lot of miles...
Mike and Catherine got it all on film. After the run and lunch we sat down and talked for another hour.
We thought this was funny but maybe you had to be there. Thanks Gerry for spending most of the day with us. Good luck with your running. It sounds like you love running just as much as ever. Photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club
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