By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN Katie Thompson, a Holy Trinity 2002 graduate, took part in the Tampa Bay Gasparilla Marathon Feb. 28, finishing overall 158th out of 2,090 runners.
The weather in Tampa has been the coldest in about 30 years, according to Thompson, but the 58 degree weather was perfect for running.
Thompson improved her time by four minutes from her run in the Boston Marathon last April. She even managed to cut her time while recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, which she became aware of after running a Chicago marathon in October.
“My foot didn’t hurt at all, but I took it easy and was cautious,” Thompson said.
Much of her workout in preparation for the marathon was done in cross training, which included biking, swimming, weight lifting and a lot less running.
Her time was three hours, 26 minutes and 47 seconds. For her age group, 25 to 29, she was fourth out of 126 runners. Of a total of 854 women who participated in the marathon, Thompson placed 17th.
Her parents, Alan and Debra Thompson, and high school classmate, Melissa Williams were there to congratulate Thompson on a great run and time.
Thompson will soon begin training for a number of other marathons she plans to participate in this year, including the 50 mile Surf the Murph marathon in Savage in October.