Keira D’Amato, a 37-year-old woman who quit competitive running soon after college and then returned eight years later as a mother of two, broke the U.S. women’s marathon record on Sunday.

D’Amato won the Houston Marathon in 2:19:12, falling 24 seconds behind Deena Kastorof the 2006 London Marathon record.

D’Amato competed collegiately for American University, then dropped out of middle-distance running in 2009.

She worked in real estate, got married and had two children. She started running again to lose the baby weight, setting a goal of signing up for a marathon.

D’Amato went to the 2017 Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, hoping to break three hours, and clocked a time of 3:14:54 in sleet, wind and hail. She kept racing and lowered her best time over the next three years.

She finished 15th at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, then on December 20, 2020, ran 2:22:56 at the Marathon Project in Arizona to become the eighth fastest American in history.

She is now tied as the 22nd fastest woman in history counting all runs, according to World Athletics.

Also in Houston on Sunday, Sara Room, a 38-year-old mom, broke the American half-marathon record, clocking 1:07:15, falling 10 seconds behind Molly snuggle upthe record from four years ago.

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