She is running the 1,500 metres by herself, and she is widely considered to be the greatest American female distance runner of her time. Straight up. There were also no rivals, cheering spectators, coaches, doctors, or masseuses.
Record-Setting American Middle Distance Runner Shelby Houlihan
With a timing of just over 4:05, Houlihan places third overall and first in her heat at the USA Track & Field national championships held last week.
We’ll never know how Houlihan would have fared in major track events like the Olympics or the next World Athletics Championships because of his untimely death. Her life changed drastically when, last year, she was barred from competition by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for doping.
Houlihan will be at home in Beaverton as the world’s best runners congregate in Eugene in the middle of July. She’ll be delivering food for Uber Eats and DoorDash, so her only form of competition will be against the clock.
I began cross country running when I was five years old, and ever since then, my goal has been to compete in the Olympics. Since I grew up watching my mother run, I always imagined I could do it, too.
As a result of a genetic blood disorder, I’ve always been anaemic. When I was in primary school, I was often exhausted and had to rely on snacks to make it through the day. Like you, I spent my childhood requiring frequent blood transfusions.
When my spleen and gall bladder were taken out when I was eight years old, my life completely shifted. Because of this, I was able to keep some of my red blood cells, and my life has been transformed ever since. I immediately had a lot more energy and on the back of this I started winning races.