Karen Thibodeaux has been a lover of the sport of running since 1985. After watching the 1984 Olympic Marathon for Women and seeing the amazing Joan Benoit (now Samuelson) win the gold medal in the marathon, Karen decided she could win a gold medal and decided to train. At the time, Karen smoked two packs of mentholated cigarettes a day. After a few times around the block, she decided that things were not going as well as planned. By 1985, Karen had "kicked the habit" and started a new one. Her first 5k was on Allen Parkway in Houston, and was run entirely on the "hills". After suffering severe shin splints and being unable to walk for several days, she decided to "hire" a coach named Al Lawrence ( a bronze medalist in the Olympic 10,000 - 1956) and told him she wanted to qualify for the Olympics someday!
With nothing but amazing encouragement from Al for many years, Karen finally ran a 3:35:09 Marathon at White Rock in Dallas, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 1989. She has won two races overall - in Houston and Orange, and boasts a 6:11 mile. She qualified, in her first triathlon, for the National Championships Las Vegas in 1990. After a disappointing DNF in the hills, she decided that watching this event was more fun!
As one of the original members of the Al Lawrence Running Club, she still participates in club meetings, and in the running community as a volunteer for the Houston Marathon (20 years). With encouragement from her daughter, Jennifer, and friends in the running community, she decided to start Your Sporting Image by Karen Thibodeaux.
She hopes you enjoy seeing her photographs!