>>I was the girl that hung
out before school and smoked. [music playing]>>When I went to races,
if you were going to beat me, I was ready to spit blood. I’d fight to the death of me.
(laughter) It’s the only way
to do it right? [music playing]>>Patti Dillon interview,
take one. [clap]>>Hi, I’m Patti Dillon. I’m a former World and
American record holder for long distance running. And I was the
first American woman to break 2:30
in the marathon. [water pouring] [mixer blending]>>Ask me anything.>>What are some of the major
American or World records that you held?>>Ok, the first one I did was
a 20k and then I had the 10k, the 15K, the 10 mile,
the half marathon, the 30k
in the marathon. And I think I did
them all in a year. It was a
pretty good year. [music playing] [crowd cheering]>>This photo,
Boston Gardens 1981, so were you like a celebrity,
a Rockstar in Boston?>>Umm, no
but I was known. Larry Bird gave me season
tickets to the Boston Celtics because I was a fan. As a matter of fact,
each time I set a record I got standing ovations. [crowd cheering]
Patti, Patti (laughing)
It’s pretty cool.>>This was in
1981 in Boston. A great shot, with
you and your sisters. Can you tell us
about the photo?>>I had three sisters
come to the marathon and I thought for sure
I was going to win this thing. But then I got hit
with the horse…>>Rewinding it, what
happened with the horse?>>Oh! (sighs) Come down to 23 miles. It’s packed! I get into – get ready
to get into gear. Boom! Smack! Into the
hindquarters of a horse. (laughing) The police had the horses out
and you couldn’t see it because the crowd
was so tight. By the time I was
getting myself together, I could hear Allison Roe
of New Zealand pass me. I think I even
reached out, like no! It’s not supposed
to happen like this. I mean
I’m shattered. And all I’m thinking is
close the gap, close the gap,
close the gap. I didn’t close the gap.
(laughter) And I got second, but it was a PR,
new American record 2:27. It was great. [music playing] If you win Boston,
I mean, you’re like golden. You know you’re
like you’re set! And I got second
three times. And so my coach, who also happened to be
my husband at the time, said to me I don’t know
want else to do with you Patti. Right out.
Right out.>>What did he mean he doesn’t
know what to do with you, doesn’t know as a
runner or as a wife?>>As a runner because he did
every – he wanted me to win. He wanted to be a
world class coach. When that was said,
I went to a spot where I’m not running
for Patti anymore, I’m running for
somebody else. I’m seeking approval
for something else. This is not me. And it was basically over. My career was over. [music playing] It was 1976. I didn’t see anything
really for myself. Nothing. No ambition
no thought no dream. And I got heavy,
got very heavy. And I stayed like this
for quite a while until I saw a classmate
that I went to high school with. And she looked gorgeous
and I thought you know… She’s got it,
whatever she has, I want it. [music playing] I wanted to go back to a
time that I was the happiest and I was the happiest
between eight and ten and that is when
I rode my bike, I ran. You just run, and you get
your friends and you play. The next day, I rode my
bike to the cemetery. I had cut off jeans
with the fringe, you know, I guess
Daisy Dukes (laughing) and I took a
deep breath and… started running. [music playing] I ran the first
two laps and ugh, I was discombobulated. I had arms
and legs and feet. I had no idea
how it’s connected and what it was
supposed to do. By the third
and fourth lap… it didn’t matter. I was ecstatic! I was like
over the moon! I didn’t know
that I had it in me. Well, that night,
I had the best sleep. The next morning, I went
to reach for my cigarettes. And I couldn’t! Like, everywhere hurt! But I fought my way through. I did light my cigarette. I did enjoy it. And it took me
about two weeks to be able to go
for another jog. And I did! [music playing] Oh, do you think it’s arrogant
to call yourself a pioneer for women’s athletics
even if it’s true? Arrogant. Oh gosh
that’s a strong word. Somebody gave me a
title and I went with it. I ran in the streets. I did the best I could do,
and it was noted. That’s the way I
see it so, yeah. I showed up
and it was great. This is my biography. No, this one. You see this one?>>What is it?>>What does it feel like
to lose your toenails during a race? It’s painful… afterwards. I had a race one time, I took off my shoes
and I lost all 10 toenails. (laughing) I never felt it! But I paid for it.

Patti Dillon: Record Breaking Marathon Runner | Biography

2 thoughts on “Patti Dillon: Record Breaking Marathon Runner | Biography

  • November 5, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    WOW. KUDOS!!!

  • November 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm



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