Healthlinks Charleston March/April 2020

32 | www.CharlestonPhysicians.com | www.HealthLinksCharleston.com Ultramarathon runner Catherine Rubinstein said that of the 52 marathons and ultramarathons she has under her belt, one of her favorite races remains the Cooper River Bridge Run. She has competed so many times, she has lost count, having completed almost every single bridge run since the early 1990s. But, back then, until 2008 to be exact, she was not an ultramar- athon runner. “I would run from January to April to get ready for the bridge run, and then I really wouldn’t run again until the following Janu- ary. The bridge run was my race, I guess you could say,” she said. When she was bitten by the running bug though, it was a pretty hefty bite. It was on her 40th birthday in 2008 that she decided to run more than just the Cooper River Bridge Run. That was the year she signed up for her first marathon – the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. And so her love affair with long-distance running began. “My dad is buried in Arlington, and that is my parents’ hometown, so it meant so much to me to run that race,” she reminisced. In fact, she ran it two more times – in 2009 and again in 2015. And she just kept on running. Many of the 52 marathons and ultramarathons she has run have taken her to exotic and adven- turous places all over the world. She has run marathons on all seven continents, at places including the Great Wall of China; the Inca Trail in Peru; Antarctica; Rome; Cape Town, South Africa; and the Australian Outback. As a competitor in the Rim2Rim2Rim, she ran across the Grand Canyon and back in one day. She has completed one full Ironman and many ultramarathons, including a 100-miler in December of this past year, 100-kilometer races, 50-milers and 50Ks. She also completed the Goofy Challenge – a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday – and the Dopey Challenge – a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday – all at Walt Disney World. And, if you don’t think that is enough in just over 11 years, she is almost finished with the World Marathon Majors. She has com- pleted four of them in New York, Chicago, Boston and Berlin and will add Tokyo in March and London in April. Rubenstein works full- time at the Medical Uni- versity of South Carolina as a nurse practitioner in the pediatric cardiac surgical division, and she is married with two sons – ages 17 and 22. She wants people to know that it is never too late to get moving and to make health a priority. At 51, she is in the best shape of her life. Rubenstein said she stays trained for a marathon at all times, running five to seven miles on Wednesdays and usually 10 to 20 miles on Saturdays. She attends Boot Camp at the MUSC By Theresa Stratford THE RACE THAT STARTED IT ALL.…

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