BETTY SCHAEFER - OVER 60 PHENOM!
Betty Schaefer, 61 who previous to being a national class masters track and field sprinter has been engaged in weight lifting for 40 years... She was in weight lifting gyms when women for the most part were not involved in that sport and was being trained as a novice in bodybuilding until a wrist injury cut that effort short.
She is a Personal Trainer, trained at the original Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas Texas, certified in 1989. She and her husband have resided in the Bend, Redmond area for 4 years now... moving here for the sunshine (where is that this year?)... an avid weight lifter, hiker, skier, and now sprinter -- three years ago she asked her husband to time her in a 100m in the middle of winter with a inclement headwind and freezing weather. Her time in that run was within the top 10 in the nation for her age group without any training except what she had done in the weight room.
That run led her to Bob Latham legendary local high school track and cross country coach, who suggested she contact Dave Turnbull Summit high track coach -- Betty's first several months were spent working out with the Summit high girls team--a very humbling experience.. Eventually she got to run with masters her own age taking 4 first places in her first meet, The Pacific Northwest Championships, where she garnered two All American marks 36.65 in the 200m and a 3:13.72 in the 800m, a race she had not even trained for and ran for the first time on a lark., and just missing a AA mark in the 400m by .19 of a second ( 1:23:19).
This past winter for a distance workout to strengthen her legs she entered the Prefontaine X-country 5k challenge in Eugene, winning her age group and also bettering the AA standard for road/ cross country races.
Originally Betty lived over by Max Muscle in Bend and felt she wasn't getting a good recovery after her run workouts, walking in one afternoon and meeting Larry, Dominic, and Tony and being taken under their wing... She now uses Maxpro Protein Powder in her oatmeal in the mornings, and ARM anabolic recovery drink for her after workout recovery drink.. The recovery drink is especially important to her as the workouts are considered 'ballistic' for 61 year old muscles -- much more so than distance racing. She also uses Enduromax only prior to competitive races for that spark she likes and needs. Betty adheres to a natural diet of mostly vegetables and fruit , she loves salads, salmon and occasional chicken.
Her goals this year are to remain injury free (a real challenge trying to sprint at 61 ) and running in the World Masters Championships in Sacramento in mid-july. She is presently coached by Jim McLatchie here in Bend who was the co-founder of the Houston Harriers and coach of numerous world and national champions. Betty and her husband Don also are National Certified USAT&F umpires, who work at Hayward Field in Eugene for the U of Oregon track meets as well as working for Summit High doing the same.
Betty continues to enjoy her new found sport and is quite grateful for the help in nutrition from the Bend Max Muscle group.