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Top Canadian Masters Woman Out Of Philly Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 16, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 16, 2010 at 8:19 AM UTC
Denise Robinson was expected to win the Masters female division in Philadelphia this Sunday. Photo: Chronicle Herald

Denise Robinson was expected to win the Masters female division in Philadelphia this Sunday. Photo: Chronicle Herald

The Canadian record-holder in the marathon for  Masters-level  women  has blood clots in her lungs.

Denise Robinson, 41 years old, had planned to run the Philadelphia Marathon this weekend. Robinson is the Canadian record holder in the marathon for women over 40. She ran that time, 2:41: 12, at the 2008 California International Marathon. Robinson is also reigning Boston Marathon champion in her age group.

Things were looking promising for Robinson until after the Canadian 10K championships last month.

She had some back pain she couldn’t identify, but wrote if off to upping her workload in preparation for the race. She continued to train.

“When I raced in Toronto I had the worst race of my career (I can race 20K faster then I ran my 10K), I could not catch my breath the entire race and thought I would have to drop out the pain was so bad,” Robson recalled on Monday. “I flew home the next day and wondered what went so terribly wrong in this race as I have been so fit. After arriving home that evening my breathing and back pain got worse and I thought I must have a broken rib and I took myself to the [hospital].”

Robson was shocked to learn that she had three small blood clots in her left lung and one in her right lung. The mother of three spent three weeks in hospital, suffering a partially collapsed lung at one point, and was only released last week.

“I am just mentally crushed, however, grateful to be able to be here to talk about it. They keep telling me how lucky I am considering I raced and then flew home the next day,” she said.

For More: The Chronicle Herald

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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