Yes another one!!! A friend of mine that loves running and has actually ran several marathons let me borrow this book! I hate giving it back!
This was more than a book about running. It was a book about how women have progressed since the late 1960s. I just loved reading about the history of women and sports. I was actually laughing as I was reading about why medical doctors and other ‘well informed’ men said women could not run long distances. What a uterus is going to fall out???? Interesting…. I was also cracking up concerning the running attire that was worn.
However, I was just deeply transfixed on the women that were the groundbreakers in the field of running. These women who ran sub 3 hour marathons. The women that pushed for having a women’s marathon in the Olympics. By the way, the first marathon ran in the Olympics occurred in 1984 in LA. Kathrine Switzer was the driving force in getting that accomplished.
I found I could relate to her in a ‘running’ sense. She called running her ‘secret weapon’. It helped build her confidence, her self worth. I was nodding my head as I was reading that. If running is a weapon, than I am armed. I am by no means anywhere in her league and never will be. I’m SOOOOO okay with that. But running is a decisive tool that I plan on never letting go of. I want to be one of those ladies that at 80 are still running and even entering a race.
When I return this book to my friend today, we will chat about our insights. She will try to convince me that I to can run a marathon. I will simply smile and say at this time, I’m not ready. Someday….. maybe…..