Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of female sport role models. Perhaps I didn’t look into it much, as my outlets for information at the time were our daily newspaper and my public school library. (No Internet here folks!) The library was filled with books that dated back to a pre-Canadian Flag era, so nothing too current. Although, I have to exclude Judy Blume’s, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. That book was written in 1970, but it didn’t arrive in our school until 1980, so it was new to me. I was on a wait list to read it. I believe I reserved it in grade 6, and I’m still on the wait list to this day! 😉
Getting back on topic here, it was a different time. Sportswomen weren’t discussed as much as they are today. At least not celebrated and written about as much as they are today. Generally speaking, there seemed to be an unwillingness to accept the female long distance runner. Up into the 70’s, many female runners were running marathons by crashing them, aka marathon bandits, or in the case of Katherine Switzer, registering under her initials. It wasn’t until 1972 when women were allowed to officially run the Boston Marathon. For many years leading up to these events, there was a lot of struggle for women runners and it wasn’t until the late 70’s into the 80’s that women finally got some major recognition. In 1984, the Olympics held the first women’s marathon.
That was only 28 years ago.
I’m going to type that again because that sounds so wrong……
28 years ago.
(Insert a moment of silence here to reflect)
For me, that number is just mind-boggling.
The good news…
Today, women are running everywhere and in record numbers. In fact, according to stats in America, 55% of total participants in road races are women. Women beat the men in all running category distances with exception of the full marathon.
And if you are wondering about the title of this blog….
Years ago, there was a time that women were told their uterus’ would fall out if they ran.
While I’ve heard of uterine prolapse, I’ve never heard of running being the cause of it! Anyone?
How do you feel about the progress women have made in the running world?