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The Comeback Queen: Exclusive Interview With Kim Smith

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Aug. 3, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC

She’ll line up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence 1/2 Marathon this weekend.

Interview by: Duncan Larkin

Kim Smith will be the headlining act in her adopted hometown of Providence, RI this weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Anyone watching this year’s Boston Marathon can’t forget the image of New Zealand’s Kim Smith, alone and out in front from the start of the starter’s gun. Smith took off with one strategy in mind: win by running from the front. Until mile 15, this strategy seemed to be paying off. For large sections of the race, the 29-year-old Providence College graduate led by as much as 50 seconds. But as the Newton Hills approached, Smith’s stride began to break. She winced in pain and reached for her calves numerous times, slowing down to stretch and changing her stride. The chase pack finally caught her and by mile 20, Smith had dropped out. Unfortunately for her, a subsequent MRI revealed that she had suffered a torn soleus, the small, lower calf muscle just above the Achilles tendon.

After several months of rest and reduced mileage, Smith, who is still coached by her former college coach, Ray Treacy, is now healed and ready to take on the marathon again. She will be competing in her adopted hometown in this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon, which she will be using as a tune-up for the ING New York City Marathon in November.

We caught up with Smith just a few days before the race.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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