After overcoming a traumatic injury in 2013, the second major physical setback in her highly accomplished running career, by winning the National Marathon Championship for U.S. women aged 60-to-64 title, Dr. Janet Cain, 62, continued her successful return to elite masters marathon status recently in Napa.
Cain, who suffered severe injuries last March after being knocked down by a pair of dogs while on a training run and sustaining a concussion, broken shoulder and bruised body – she also came down with whooping cough two weeks later – set the Napa Marathon course record for her 60-64 age group.
Finishing with a time of 3 hours, 43 minutes, 39 seconds, Cain shaved three minutes off the previous record held since the mid-1990s, and bettered her time at the National Marathon Championship in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., by 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
The Napa event was the 64th marathon of Cain’s illustrious career, which has soared since world-class marathoner Dick Beardsley became her coach in 2008.
Cain became the USATF National Marathon Champion for the 55-to-59 age group in 2009; ran both her 25th Boston Marathon and 50th overall marathon in the same women’s age group; was a member of the winning United States 60-to-64-year-old women’s team in the 2011 world championship marathon; and earned a third-place 60-to-64 age-group finish in the prestigious World Masters Championship Marathon the same year.
With her impressive National Marathon Championship and Napa Marathon success in the wake of last year’s career-threatening injuries, Cain’s running future is definitely burning bright.