When Bob Nordman’s doctor told him he should start to run to lower his blood pressure at age 33, nobody could have expected what he’d achieve 35 years later.
Nordman, a New Hyde Park resident, completed his 100th marathon Sunday at age 68 in an unofficial time of 4:42. Thirty-five years ago, he would have laughed at the idea of coming anywhere close to this feat.
“After the first one I thought I was done,” he said. “It hurt a lot.”
But Nordman kept running. He became “hooked” on the competition. He once finished in 3:10 in a Long Island Marathon. In 1981, he began to take his show to the road.
Nordman has finished marathons in all 50 states and Washington D.C. Throughout his travels, he said he’s “met a lot of crazy people, crazier than me.”
He’s lowered his blood pressure and even impressed his classmates at his 50-year high school reunion this year. Nordman said his running lifestyle has allowed him to eat and drink as he pleases — leading to a specific post-race ritual.
A pint of beer. “I’m going to have one in a little while,” Nordman said with a laugh.
And how’d his 100th marathon go? “I feel pretty good,” he said. “Turned out to be not too bad.”
He’s on to marathon 101.