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CHIHAYA SparkPoints: (0)
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6/15/12 7:42 A

Is this even theory? It is true male and female bodies are different, especially muscle and fat ratio, so there are certain activities either sex physically excels. But I have never heard any activities would cause negative affects to either sex.

It's most likely just a male ego or fantasy theory. Nothing really worth to discuss.

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6/15/12 3:47 A

People evolved to run, both to hunt and to evade.

Women were not hunters so they do not need to run to hunt, and they are less important that the men and the children so they should not run to evade, but rather sacrifice themselves for the good of the tribe.

Well it actually seems that woman may have participated in hunting, and that they may also have grabbed the very small kids and carried them off at a run to evade.

I think that truth is that women should not run because they might get faster than men and we all know that the male ego is much more delicate than the female uterus. We could end up with our courses littered with fallen out uteruses (Uteri??? what is the plural) and crushed male egos.
Not a very pretty sight!

Good running and be careful out there


MAMAASP Posts: 11
6/14/12 3:27 P

WOW! Not to sure what to think about this one~

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/17/12 10:34 P

Well, if so, it would certainly save the cost of a hysterectomy, right?

SUCCESS68 Posts: 374
5/17/12 7:04 P

On that theory, will I loose my uterus while dancing??? Jumping up and down in place??

VEGK80 SparkPoints: (11,420)
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5/15/12 7:13 A

Flagaphile, I'm with you!! Women aren't just baby vessels anymore. I have no use for mine, if it falls out, just one less thing to worry about.

THEEASYKILL30 Posts: 560
5/14/12 10:22 P

Wow, really? I've never heard that before. Oh well, when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'll be able to outrun them. Not sure about the guy who told you women can't run though ;)

5/14/12 10:21 P

That is one of the silliest things I have ever heard.

5/14/12 9:39 P

Anyone know who was the responsible party for sweeping up all the dropped uteri following the Run for the Cure last weekend?

MARDENE1 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/12 6:47 P

Oh dear.....what were we thinking?

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/14/12 5:47 P

Dang, I think we've just made a forum meme. From now on, anytime a woman posts, it'll be all "THINK OF THHE UTERUS!"

KENTUCKYGIRL01 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/12 5:27 P

I'm still going to run. I haven't heard of that either.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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5/14/12 12:17 P

I don't know about you guys, but I am now forever stuck with this image of a woman jogging in front of me and dropping her uterus on the sidewalk. Thanks a lot folks, LOL

5/14/12 11:54 A

I am so glad to see this thread. I had a hysterectomy a year and a half ago. I have heard from my doctor that it is fine to return to running but my friend, who is a nurse, tells me I no longer have the internal support system and this could result in bladder prolapse. So I have not fully committed to running at ,this point. I am a plus size girl but loved my 5 mile runs before I had surgery. I am so afraid of another surgery but I miss the running. I have seen research on both sides of the argument so I am finding it tough to make a decision.

KIMMIT326 Posts: 62
5/14/12 11:32 A

I have no idea where that theory came from, and never before have I heard of that. Like yourself, I am a fan of running. I work full time, and have 2 kids, and am busy, busy, busy and running is such a huge stress reliever for me. Its my quiet time, my me time. And its good for my heart and my stamina. And, if someone every tries to chase me down, I'll be giving him a run for his money!

FLAGAPHILE SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/12 9:07 A

Well, I guess if my uterus falls out from my run then I can just count it as extra weight lost emoticon

PATTOMMC3 SparkPoints: (778)
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5/13/12 11:43 P

Wow! I never heard of anything like that before! I love running and am working my way to my first 5K. I think this guy must have marbles inhis head! I say run on!

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (200,454)
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5/12/12 10:09 P

Sounds ridiculous. If the body thinks its stressed, then why would I feel so good afterwards? I'm going to keep running.

ODIEJO2 Posts: 1,179
5/12/12 9:28 P

I have been exercising for years and have tried everything or so I thought until I started running a few months ago. It has been wonderful and pushed me more than anything ever before. I do not need to read this article to know what I enjoy and is good for me.

5/12/12 7:38 P


You'll find more than one person who is full of ....something... in your life. He was one of them.

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
5/12/12 3:28 P

By the way, as far as your knees go, there's pretty convincing evidence that recreational or serious runners have a far LOWER incidence of knee pain and knee replacement than the general population, and that's true even if they started running after middle age. That's also true even if you control for weight-- in other words, even overweight runners hurt their knees less than regular-weight non-runners. Go, granny, go!

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
5/12/12 3:19 P

"So... anyone heard this theory before?"

Yes, but not from anyone under the age of 90.

Sorry, this guy is just talking out his you-know-what. If he could come up with any data suggesting that women who run have more injuries or illness, etc than men of the same age and fitness level, he might have something, but there isn't any such data as far as I know. In fact, if you do some quick googling, most studies of injury rates in runners that compare male and female find either equal rates or higher rates in men. Women do seem to have a slightly higher rate of ankle injuries, but men have a way higher rate of hamstring and other thigh injuries. For knee injuries, different studies say opposite things, but it looks like the rates are pretty much the same if you calculate them per hour of running.

There's a certain class of men who will always try to find reasons that women shouldn't participate in sports because they a) don't think it's feminine, and/or b) don't want to risk getting beaten by a girl.

There's a certain class of women who will always try to find reasons that women shouldn't participate in sports because they a) don't think it's feminine and/or b) want an excuse not to do it themselves.

Those of us who don't belong to that class of men or women should just do what we feel is healthiest and ignore the static.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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5/12/12 11:25 A

In the world of stats, there are always the general rule and the outliers. So one can make an argument for most anything and safely find anecdotal examples to back them up. Yes, some folks are just genetically built better for doing things than others, but that doesn't mean that someone less fortunate can't do as well or better than that person. They just may have to work harder and train differently to reach that goal. Keep the faith

SUCCESS68 Posts: 374
5/12/12 10:44 A

I like this man because he challenges you to think for yourself. I'm not big on A&P. That class was so long ago. I do know there have been stats on body types being better at certain sports. ie. Sprint jumping. Tall and slender. And yes genetics can play a part. However, almost everyone has something a little off with their bodies. One foot, leg, breast,... is bigger than the other side. Do we have to make compensations? Yes. That's life. So do you need a running shoe with better arch support? ?maybe!! Does this mean your not a professional runner? No. ;-) and factor in long term training? That will change some body types.

So. He just took some basic truths and added a whole lot of stuff to it.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
5/12/12 3:45 A

I've had people tell me it will land me in hospital needed a knee replacement, but never that my lady parts would fall out or that it will confuse my body into thinking I'm stressed! Some people just need to mind their own business!

GOING-STRONG Posts: 7,035
5/11/12 7:32 P

We are lucky to be living in today's World. Just think about how far we have come in such a short time. In the 50's and 60's just about everyone smoked and thought it was fine and now we know that it is about the worst thing you can do to yourself. Running is a pretty natural activity so I'm going to use my common sense and continue to do it!

HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
5/11/12 7:20 P

Thanks for the link! I didn't know anything about that. The story and pictures are amazing.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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5/11/12 6:02 P

WOW, that blows the equality thing all to heck. LOL

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/11/12 5:58 P

Wow, Renee... it's amazing how times have changed.

RUNNER5ISH Posts: 612
5/11/12 5:03 P

I watched the Spirit of the Marathon documentary last week (check it out on Netflix if you have it) where they profiled Katherine Switzer who was one of the first women to run the Boston Marathon. The documentary talked about many of the ridiculous reasons men gave for not wanting women to run, including the "OMG! Your uterus will fall out!" drama. lol

There are awesome photos of the 1967 Boston Marathon on her website of one of the race officials trying to physically pull Switzer out of the race and her boyfriend shoving the guy out of the way. Check it out at

5/11/12 1:50 P

As a former women's track, cross country and road running coach I agree with Rachael Cosgrove, you need to be strong to run and have fit muscles. Every athlete I have ever coached as a runner has used strength training to prepare themselves to run. Fit strong muscles and proper running mechanics are the keys to injury free running not physical morphology or gender.

I was taught in professional school that uterine prolapse was most commonly caused by bad posture due to a weak core which causes the internal viscera to descend and press down on the uterus, the weight and pressure stretching the broad ligament (no I did NOT make that name up).

Bottom line in my opinion, get strong, learn good running mechanics and run on.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 5/11/2012 (13:51)
KAREN42BOYS SparkPoints: (104,948)
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5/11/12 12:18 P

Interesting article, but I find it curiuos logic that if the best look a certain way, then everyone has to be that body type or not do it. What sport would he recommend for us with hips and boobs? Judging by the elite is not necessarily a way I would make any decision anyway. And having just done a half marathon last weekend, I can say that all kinds of women bodies were there, not just the skinny-minnies!

There was a theory into at least the 1960's in the US (and I think still valued in the Middle East today) that women are more at risk for prolapsed uteruses if they run.

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5/11/12 10:28 A

That's just... wow.

What a load of horse bollocks. I can see the idea that most women probably aren't built to be professional athletes and endurance runners, but the idea that "most women" shouldn't run is silly.

Anyone can run as long as they train PROPERLY, and I do agree with the idea that it's not a good starting place for weight loss. I run because I love it... not because I want to lose weight.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/11/2012 (10:44)
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5/11/12 10:21 A

I did a google search... I love doing google searches. LOL !! Anyway, the guy the OP was talking to may have been referring to an old article written by Michael Boyle. He wrote an article in 2007 called Why (most) Women Shouldn't Run.

I've found copies of the article, but not the original source yet. You can read more here.

Rachel Cosgrove wrote a decent response here.

SPUTNIK512 Posts: 1,730
5/11/12 10:13 A

Lol MLAN613, you're probably right!

5/11/12 9:58 A

A family friend, a woman, told me women shouldn't run because it will hurt their uterus. She's in her 50s and pretty old school. I just smile and nod, while completely ignoring it.

LULU8278 Posts: 313
5/11/12 9:36 A

I've never heard of this and find it a really off the wall theory.

LEARNINGWITHLIZ SparkPoints: (20,646)
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5/11/12 9:28 A

Never heard it, but I would keep running. Running makes me feel great!

CHRISZ40 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/11/12 8:35 A

Wow.. that some logic..

MLAN613 Posts: 19,062
5/11/12 8:14 A

Oh my goodness, no, I have never heard this crazy talk. But I did chuckle! I say get out there and run like a girl. He's probably just scared you'll beat him. emoticon

SNAZZYMC Posts: 268
5/11/12 8:10 A

That was the theory presented to me the other day by someone. Something to do with running triggering the same chemicals that are released in a woman when she is stressed or upset, so the body doesn't know what to do, blah blah blah...... he pretty much lost me at "let me tell you why women should never run", but I politely smiled and nodded while his gums flapped. And then did my run!
I know there are a million diet and exercise theories out there, and for every one you will have devout followers and devout detractors. Me? I kind of put this theory into the bucket with 'the fat-burning zone' and the like.
I also don't feel like I have to justify why I run, especially to someone that doesn't really know me (this was an acquaintance that said this to me). Simply put - I run because I love it; I love how I feel physically and emotionally after a great run, and I love the sense of accomplishment with each mile I put behind me.
So... anyone heard this theory before? Thoughts?

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