Since she and her husband, marathoner Ken Martin, separated last October. Martin has lived alone in Phoenix. There, she says, she does nothing but run. "I don't know anyone in Phoenix. I just train. It's a funny life-style, but I'm not about to change it." There's nothing funny about the results. In January she won the Osaka Marathon in 2:23:51, the fastest time ever in an all-women's marathon. Looking ahead to Seoul, Martin rates herself "equal favorite" with Mota. Samuelson puts her even higher. "I'm very impressed with Lisa," Samuelson said. "I would put her ahead of Rosa in the marathon."
Martin showed her strength by running the fifth mile in 5:00, pulling away from Larrieu Smith and Slaney. She crossed the line in 32:04, six seconds ahead of Larrieu Smith and 14 seconds ahead of Slaney.
Slaney, too, was pleased with her race. No doubt she had run it partly because she is a spokesperson for L'eggs, but, like Kristiansen, she had also come for the competition. In her only track races since the fall of 1986, a 1,500 in Eugene, Ore., on May 7 and a 3,000 two weeks ago in San Jose, Slaney has run by herself most of the way. "It's getting close to the time when people will be around me in races," she said. "And I need to get used to it." Slaney has a long history of injury and must also measure her success in a race by the toll it takes on her body. In an Olympic year, that is especially crucial to someone who has already missed three shots at Olympic gold—because of injury (1976), boycott (1980) and, shall we say, misadventure (1984). On the aches-and-pains scale, L'eggs had been a good race for Slaney. "There's nothing hurting at the moment," she concluded.
The race finished, the runners gathered at the awards ceremony. Through the cool air the P.A. system carried snatches of the song Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Everybody may want to, but Ingrid Kristiansen proved that at this distance, only she does.