Let's talk a little about the legacy of Joan Benoit Samuelson. In 1983 (at the age of 26), she set the women's marathon world record for her finish time of 2:22:43 at the Boston Marathon — a course record that would not be bested for 11 years. Then, one year later and just three months after having knee surgery, she became the gold medal winner of the first Olympic women's marathon. Fast-forward to today, and you'll still find Joan coming up on top. This year, Joan, 56, finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:52:10 (that's a 6:34 mile for those counting), placing first in her age division.
If you run, it's hard not to be inspired by the perseverance and passion that Joan exhibits in the sport. And because it can't hurt to learn from the best, we wanted to know what her absolute must haves are when she hits the trail (and the one thing she always leaves behind).