Lowery began running as a young boy. "I didn't know I was athletic," he says. "I was a skinny kid without confidence and ability." Running was one thing that came naturally for him.
Lowery blazes through six pairs of running shoes a year and has run more than 90 marathons. "I don't keep absolute track because I don't want too much pressure to hit 100," he notes. Quick calculation will tell you that translates into 2,340 miles in marathons alone, the equivalent of traveling from Cleveland to California. In doing so, Lowery has become a regular at the annual CVS/pharmacy Cleveland Marathon and 10k, as well as the Boston Marathon.
At his peak, Lowery was running from 70 to 90 miles per week. His personal best in a marathon took place in Cleveland in 1984. Lowery maintained a pace of less than six-minute miles, finishing the race in 2 hours and 36 minutes.
The euphoric feeling that accompanies completion of such a race is unmatched. "Finishing is its own reward," Lowery says. "Crossing the finish line is a great relief. You wonder if you have any legs left at all. It is exhilarating and emotional."
|The CVS/pharmacy Cleveland Marathon and 10k
April 29, 2001
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When asked at what point he believes he will stop running, Lowery answers quickly: "My attitude is that it is a lifelong endeavor. As long as my body will let me, I will keep running. There is nothing that I can see to stop me beyond being totally paralyzed or dead."