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JamesD1
RE: Frank Meza 2:53:10 at LA Marathon (70 years old) unoffical time (just finished)
Hi, yes I was a fan since I stumbled across a result of Frank’s. I than, as I do with some fast or otherwise interesting runners I come to know of, I looked up his results on Athlinks. I noticed he mostly runs the same races, especially LA marathon, Long Beach marathon - both for many years. I too noticed he is steadily getting faster for the most part, especially at Long Beach marathon. I expected him to break the over 70 record this year. I knew of the thread about CIM, and thought it was some nut assuming everyone who does something like missing mats is a cheater. I didn’t know it would turn into this when I posted congrats. Yes I followed Frank and a few other fast friends who were there. One fast friend running his first marathon, hit the hard. I was surprised when with so many doughters, that no one went there to see if Frank was for real. I posted that he had registered on the previous post I submitted when I realized beat Dykes time in Phoenix. ( I only knew that because I had tried to track him a week or so before the LA marathon, and he ended up registering at the last minute- I was surprised he was not running, looked on Athlinks to see if he had run something else, and found out about Phoenix. Then I thought, why no stories on-line. I checked to see if the course was record eliglbe in Phoenix, and it was described as point to point and downhill too much. I knew LA was point to point and figured Frank had realized to get the record he couldn’t get it there. Anyways I have only began running again after about 37 years of doing bad for the body stuff. I lost 25 pounds than started and have lost 25 more and still have a gut. (My wife dies not “ like me skinny”). Anyways, Frank being able to keep improving has inspired me. I tell everyone I want to keep getting faster t 70 just like Frank Meza. Yes, I thought of calling his doctors office to see about running with him some Saturday, maybe with his running club. I had a few questions. I have had thoughts of running a marathon. I know a couple LA marathon legacy runners. I just don’t like the idea of stopping to use the bathroom and losing 30-40 seconds. So I run halves , 10 milers, 10ks and a 5k here and there. I am really hoping that Frank ends up being legit. There is every reason to believe either way. Some people who post here think they are real astute about what a fast senior looks like. If you know their fast times are for real, they tend to look fast. I see lots of Hispanic runners who have similar looks to Frank, and for some reason that is a formula for fast. You could say yeah , but only so fast. It is Frank’s basic shape that much different than Kenenisa Bekele. ( my true favorite runner to watch finish races). My name is Roderick Powell, not James that my cell phone posts put. I imagine anyone could contact Frank. Maybe if you know someone who is a reporter for a running story, they could see about interviewing him. See what his answer to that is.

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