>Have any of you heard this one before?
>I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
>some sort of damage that it can do to the body. Long-term running hurts
>You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
>No one said anything. As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
>expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
>were all non-runners.
>Now they're starting on women.
They do this to everybody. When I first started running and losing
weight in 1989, some people in work thought I was out of my mind. Then
came the "Are you feeling alright?" questions. The secretaries would
keep offering me donuts when I was getting my coffee cup filled. After
that came the inferences that I had AIDS! Well it has been quite a few
years now and they can see that I am still alive, still fit and still
I heard the female myth a lot of years ago and believed it. Until I
saw one of the NY marathons on TV and saw a lot of good running elite
Then when I began racing in local 5k's and 10k's, I found out that
there were a lot of women finishing ahead of me... WAY ahead of me.
Being passed by three jabbering women right before the finish line in
my first 5k while I could hardly breathe or lift my feet sort of
Funny thing is, lately the US men have done very little to
represent us in distance racing while US women have excelled. I find
myself following women's distance running more than the men. Watching
Kenyans win 1-2-3 all the time is boring.