Despite limits, Ruth Perkins triumphs again

Contributing writerJune 8, 2013 

Ruth Perkins finishes the Sound to Narrows 12K race with a time of 45:24, Saturday, June 8, 2013.

JANET JENSEN — Staff photographer

Ruth Perkins is still recovering from an injury-plagued 2012, but she ran well enough Saturday to win her second Sound to Narrows 12-kilometer run in the women’s division.

Although her time of 45 minutes and 24 seconds fell short of her 2011 winning time of 43:39, Perkins was pleased.

“I’m happy considering I don’t have a lot of speed work under my belt right now coming back from injury,” Perkins said. “Last year I didn’t get to run it at all. I had a knee injury – torn posterior cruciate ligament and a torn meniscus. In December, I had a torn plantar fasciitis and my tibialis anterior was messed up, so I’ve had some significant injuries I’ve had to come back from. To be in this kind of shape today I feel good about.”

Even with limitations, Perkins, 32, of Puyallup, finished several minutes ahead of Kelsi Canavan (48:30) and Sarena Nau (50:44) who finished second and third, respectively.

It wasn’t as tough a field as Perkins had faced in the past.

“There was none,” Perkins said of her competition. “I was running with a great group of guys. I tucked in with a nice group. We kind of jockeyed around. That was nice.

“In the last couple years when I’ve ran it, my good friend Sarna Becker has been here and she has historically won it several times and my friend Allison Maxson is also usually here. But, Allison lives in California now and Sarna lives in Ecuador. Without them here, I didn’t really think I would have a lot of competition.”

Next up on Perkins’ itinerary is to represent Club Northwest at the USATF National Club Track & Field Championships in New York City June 28-29.

Her ultimate goal is to get under a 2:43 time in a marathon so she can requalify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

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