From the NYTimes: a bit of running history for today...
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Such a strange story. Apparently at one point women in the US were, um, unencouraged to run.
"In 1961, the Amateur Athletic Union prohibited American women from competing officially in road races. When sympathetic race organizers allowed them entry, their results did not count. Even in the Olympics, women were not allowed to run more than a half-mile lest, it was believed, they would risk their femininity and reproductive health. The most alarmist officials warned that a woman who ran a more ambitious distance might cause her uterus to fall out."
I love that last sentence... I'm not a fan of running, but at least I'm not discouraged from doing it.