Sunday, November 15, 2009
When she turned 15, Tegla had already run about 23,000 miles in her short lifetime just going back and forth to school (on a hilly dirt road at 7,500 feet elevation!) -peak performance online
Great article on Loroupe including her training prior to her New York Marathon victory in 1994, when reportedly she often ran up to 190 Kilometers per week (118 miles). Tegala is a former marathon world record holder and still holds records over 20, 25, and 30 kilometers.
Wikipedia is also worth reading. For example, I didn't know she ran both the marathon and 10K at the Sydney Olympics without shoes, a feat she later stated she achieved out of a sense of duty to all the people taking her as a bearer of hope in her home country