Tuesday, April 03, 2012
This morning, NPR featured the following short article on their website:
To paraphrase, they featured this photo:
and talked a bit about that historic Boston Marathon 45 years ago, when Katherine Switzer entered the race without revealing her gender, and completed it in 4 hours, 20 minutes, despite being nearly dragged off the course by the race's organizer.
Every time I look at that photo, I get goose bumps. I am so inspired by her drive and bravery, knowing that she would likely encounter obstacles but entering the race anyway. And I am so grateful for the path that she forged for the rest of us female runners, up to the challenge of races and eager to prove it.
Yesterday, my husband - seeing me geared up to go for a run - said "You look like a superhero." I have a flair for the dramatic, so I replied - while putting on my sunglasses in a dramatic fashion, of course - "I AM a superhero. I am... RUNNING GIRL!"
And I kind of felt like a superhero, running five miles faster than I have in several years. But I think the ORIGINAL running superhero is Switzer - running a race she wasn't supposed to run, and proving to the skeptics that it could be done.
All she needed was a cape!