The "Boston Incident" of 1967 was the spark that ignited the woman's running revolution. Kathrine Switzer went on to finish that 1967 Boston Marathon in 4 hours 20 minutes, despite being disqualified by Jock Semple. She was inspired by the incident, however, to go on to run 35 marathons, including 8 Boston Marathons, running a personal best in 1975 in 2 hours, 51 minutes, & winning the 1974 New York City Marathon. She also created the Avon International Running Circuit, a global series of women's running events in 25 countries, involving over one million women, & lead to the inclusion of the women's marathon in the Olympic Games. (from her website)
In 2009 I ran the inaugural Boston 5K and she was there and she said a few words before the 5K race. What an inspirational moment in my running life. She and lots of other previous Boston marathon winners ran the race I was running. I might have been beaten by tons of people twice my age but they are rock star runners and I was so excited to be running in the same event as them!! I love that I share a name with her too - mine's spelled a little different but still it's a great name :)
Thanks Kathrine for changing running for women!!
Today's workout: taught spin (endurance hills) and did 360 fit. Today was my first time to RX a workout (which means I did it with the recommended weight for women instead of less like I usually do).