Quote for the Day

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”

Those are words from Priscilla Welch, the winner of the 1987 New York City Marathon and 6th-place finisher in the 1984 women’s Olympic marathon in Los Angeles, who didn’t take up running competitively until she was in her mid thirties.

Not only that: Before she meet her husband at age 35, Welch had been a pack-a-day smoker and “self-proclaimed partier” who took up running as a way to pass the time when she and her husband were stationed in Norway for the British military in the early 1980s.

Read more about Priscilla Welch — also known sometimes to her fellow competitors as “Cilla the Killa” — in this Running Times profile from 2008.

(Hat tip: 13.1 Marathon Series for the inspiration.)