Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 23, 2009

Reader, Krus set marks for women

TRAVERSE CITY -- Two years, two records.

Marybeth Reader, who set a new women's mark last May in the Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon, added the Bayshore Half-Marathon record to her list of credentials Saturday.

Reader, a nurse at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, finished the 13.1-mile race in 1:24.36. Amy Marshall was second in 1:29.07.

Nick Krus, who runs for the Playmakers race team out of Lansing, set a men's course record in 1:09.26. Teammate Scott Schmick was second at 1:11.25.

Despite setting new marks, Krus and Reader said they could have done better.

"I ran about 1 minute and 15 seconds faster three weeks ago at Indianapolis," Krus said. "I was coming into this pretty confident, but it was a little warmer here than I expected. I was hoping for 40 to 45 degrees. But it was 55 at the start. I run much better in the cold."

Reader, meanwhile, is just rounding into racing shape after an injury-filled year.

"I'm so sad because I ran faster for the marathon last year," she said. "But I paid serious dues after that marathon. I had eight months of injuries. I'm just coming back."

Reader's injuries included two stress fractures, the last of which occurred in February.

"I took all of February off, trained for Boston and ran a disappointing 2:59 (at Boston)," she said. "When I thought of doing Boston I thought of doing much better. But considering I only had about seven weeks (of training) with the taper, I was, 'Well, OK.'"

Earlier this month, Reader finished second among masters runners in the Fifth Third 25K.

"I just can't seem to break the 6:30 pace," she said. "I was hoping to do that today, but I think I was too tired from Boston and Fifth Third. My focus now is on getting faster."

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