I’ve been reading some articles lately that sort of “poke fun” at runners. Articles that indicate we’re in a new running fad or that it used to be jogging and is now running. These type of articles seem to make an attempt at diminishing what those of us in this sport are trying to accomplish. I try to avoid these sort of writings, but now and then get accidentally sucked into reading. After I’ve read some of these pieces, I realize the author does not understand how the sport of running has an empowering effect.
I’d just like to personally answer some of this rhetoric with my thoughts on the matter here:
Human beings have been running forever; the Olympics were born out of the marathon race!
Women are bringing more attention now to an already established sport because we can do it!
Do not diminish the 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles, or 26.2 miles for anyone. They are hard and earned! Until you’ve run any of those distances yourself, do not write about the notion of a “running fad”.
Women have fought hard to get this far
It wasn’t that long ago women were not considered suitable to run a marathon. My uterus might fall out. Perhaps I am too dainty for this sort of sweating? Even my mother, who hasn’t necessarily discouraged me from running, hasn’t completely encouraged it either. In her case, I recognize she is from the “Betty Crocker” era and there is only so much someone from my generation can explain, so I just leave it be. Many of us women understand how far we have come to be recognized and understood as equal persons. From women in combat to women running marathons – we can do it!
“When race officials realised Kathrine Switzer was running the marathon they reacted angrily and tried to remove her from the race.”
Week 6 of Carmel Marathon Training begins for me
I am starting week 6 of training for the Carmel Marathon today. I am a woman. I have birthed a child. And I can run. I’m not doing it because it is trendy, I’m doing it because I can . I am doing it for all of the women before me who were told they couldn’t. We are going to run and we will run strong!