The half marathon featured some unforgettable marital bliss Sunday. Women's winner Jodie Robertson, 30, of Melville, broke her own Long Island Marathon record in the half marathon by 1.01 seconds, finishing in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 11 seconds, and her husband, Aaron, finished fourth in the men's half in 1:14:05.
"We train a lot. It's what we do in our free time -- biking and running. We definitely enjoy it, but we don't run races together," Jodie Robertson said of the path she took to win her first half marathon.
It was not, however, her first victory, nor was it the first time the Robertsons, both of whom are music teachers, were a harmonious duet. In 2011, Jodie won the women's full marathon here and Aaron won the men's half.
"It's nice to go out and get a record. It was such a great day and it's always fun to be in local events like this," Jodie Robertson said, unable to keep a huge smile off her face. "I think when I hit the 10-mile mark, I thought, 'I just have to run a six-minute [mile] pace and I can break my record.' That was in the back of my mind, but not when I started out. I wasn't thinking about a record then. I just wanted to give a good effort."
She did more than that, one day after she competed in a 10k event in New Jersey. "That's the first time I've ever run competitively on back-to-back days," Robertson said. "I'm training for an Ironman [triathlon] in the summer so I figured, after this, I'll take a few days off from running and just swim and ride bikes the next few days."
There's a method to her fitness madness. Robertson has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles in February 2016.
"That's my running goal," she said of making the team. "It's a pretty far-fetched dream, but it's an honor just to qualify to be on the starting line with that caliber of runners."