I have been running most of my life with my first race at age 11. I’ll be honest, I started running because I could not catch, kick or hit a ball. But boy was I fast and could run forever…..After recreational running in elementary school, I ran cross country and track in junior high, high school and college. The 5000m was my favorite race, but I ran every event from the 400m and up when needed. After college, I competed in 5Ks and 10Ks until the birth of my first daughter. I then moved up to the marathon at age 30 and have been long-distance running ever since. In fact, my second daughter Caitlin competed as a fetus in the RI marathon in 1999 (I was 8 weeks pregnant). Since moving up to the marathon, I have competed all over the country including Boston, New York and Chicago but still have a particular fondness for my home marathon, White Rock Marathon in Dallas, where I ran my PR of 3:40 in 2001.
I have also dabbled in triathlon since turning the big "40" ugh! After a few sprints, an Olympic and four 70.3 half-Ironman distance triathlons, the Inaugural Texas Ironman was my first full Ironman. In 2012 I'm planning on doing a few 70.3's and Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec! Endurance racing is in my blood! These days I "participate" more than I "race", but I still love it!
As for my medical credentials, I have alphabet soup after my name:
Marybeth Crane, MS, DPM, FACFAS, CWS.
What that means is I have an undergraduate degree (BS) in Exercise Science/Athletic Training from Rhode Island College. A Masters degree (MS) in Biomedical Science from Barry University in Miami. And then finished with a doctorate in podiatric medicine (DPM) from Barry University in Miami. This was followed by a surgical internship and residency in foot and ankle surgery at Brown University’s Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. I am double board certified in foot surgery and wound care and am the managing partner of Foot and Ankle Associates of North Texas, LLP in Grapevine, TX. I was named one of the most influential podiatrists in the country by Podiatry Management Magazine in September 2006 and recently again in 2011.
I am frequently assist on educating runners with Team-In-Training, Luke’s “The Beat Goes On” and “Get Fit Programs”, as well as Galloway’s walk-run program and the “Hills and Heels program in Dallas. I am a long-standing member of the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers and can be found most Saturday morning running before dawn around Lake Grapevine or on my hot pink bike doing the Tour of the North Texas. Come join us!!
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