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Marathon Reflections

at the swirlgear booth at the expo

As I was thinking about what I would say about the 2013 marathon, a couple of versions came to mind. The first one told all of the positive and none of my true feelings. That was a version contemplated to keep those who would want to say that my feelings aren’t legitimate away. With an all positive version, they’d have nothing to try to make me not feel.

Then there is the completely honest version where I express how I feel. The version that would lend many people to say I should feel a particular way because. A version where they would try to drown out how I feel and make it seem illegitimate.

Anyway, I’ve decided to go with the latter version because being honest is far better than trying to not be real in life. And I don’t care that people can’t handle how someone really feels about this. So here is my tale of running the 2013 edition of the Chicago Marathon. Continue reading

RIP Grete

The world lost a tremendous athlete and great woman today with the passing of marathon great, Grete Waitz. She had been battling cancer for a few years, but had kept the type of cancer private. When I saw the news of her death this morning, I was saddened. Grete, in her very first marathon, won it and set a new world record. It was the New York City Marathon (which she won NINE times). In many of the stories that I have read about her in the past, I was always inspired. She helped to pave the way for women to be involved in the longer distances.

one of many women who ran the Chicago Marathon last fall

If you know much about the history of running for women, in particular marathons, you know that there are all kinds of crazy myths that were going around that kept women out of these races. Anything from your uterus would fall out to not having the stamina to engage in such a¬†rigorous¬†activity. This always seemed crazy to me that people would think that, but then again, I shouldn’t be surprised.

I am so glad that women such as Grete came around and proved to people that yes, women can do this kind of stuff. And not only do it, but do it well. Yesterday was Patriot’s Day and the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. Racers were on the verge of setting course records. And an American woman came in second in the women’s race. Continue reading