EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

April 16, 2013

Corsaro's road struggles suddenly don't matter today

Nancy Corsaro was not too happy with her performance yesterday — 3:27.

With a semi-gimpy foot (slightly torn Achilles), the Methuen wife, mom and ex-road racer made a comeback of sorts in yesterday’s Boston Marathon.

Twenty-four years ago, she was the 12th woman overall at an amazing 2:41:13. She has been on the awards stand seven times over her career, most recently in 2010 when at age 51 she finished third in the 50 to 54 age group.

Yesterday was not even close to one of those days.

If there was going to be a time to feel sorry for herself, it was nullified about 3 p.m. when she was pulling out of the Prudential Parking Garage with her husband, Frank Corsaro, son, Michael Corsaro, father, Dick Munroe and brother, Don.

Nancy saw the ramifications of terrorism soon after hearing two loud bangs about a third of a mile away.

“My dad said, ‘That doesn’t sound like a plane hitting buildings,’” said Corsaro, 52. “My husband said it sounded like a bang you hear from the back of a garbage truck. The next thing we knew, people were running by us with panic in their faces. We knew it was something bad.”

Yesterday was supposed to be a mini-celebration for Corsaro, even with the “slow” time. About a year ago, a doctor told her that her running career was over and that riding a bike would be the preferred recreational activity.

Of course, another doctor said she could run if she could take the pain.

Guess which doctor’s advice she chose?

“I’m not ready to give up running yet,” said Corsaro.

There was a silver lining to yesterday’s “slow” time. In 2011, her last Boston Marathon, she had to quit at 6.5 miles because of a sore foot, which turned out being her Achilles.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss
Boston Sports
Who will Brady turn to if Gronk can’t stay healthy? Gronkowski cleared to participate in Patriots training camp Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Shaughnessy: Dont count out the Sox just yet Blakely: Projecting the Celtics roster Daopolous: How will NFL cracking down on Defensive holding affect games? Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA