Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Freedom to Run

Today's Workout:
4.5 mile run

Hello friends and happy hump day! As you all know, today marks twelve years since the occurrence of the 9/11 events at NYC. Every year since 2001, I reflect upon that grim day and I thank God that I live in the best damn country in the world. It was undoubtedly the most horrific event that I have lived through, but every time I re-live that day I remember how proud I felt to be an American. I still remember how the citizens of New York helped each other in the most selfless ways and how the United States, as a whole, helped the families of those who lost loved ones on that unforgettable day. As I reflect yet again this year, I just want to say that I am happy I live in a country that values every aspect of freedom.

By definition freedom stands for "the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint." When you analyze the phrase "act, speak, or think," those mere three words encompass a medley of rights that many people take for granted. One of those rights that I thoroughly enjoy and I am grateful to have is the freedom to run without social or physical persecution. Did you know that women are not allowed to run in Saudi Arabia? And did you know that in Ancient Greece women were forbidden to compete in the Olympic Games? It wasn't until 1928 that women were allowed to compete in running events for the first time. That year, a woman collapsed in the 800 meter event and the International Olympic Committee ruled that women were too fragile to run, which led a ban on women's running again. The ban was later lifted in 1960, but it was frowned upon if a woman would run because it was a "man's sport."

Fast forward to 1967 when Katherine Switzer signed up to the Boston Marathon as "K. Switzer" in order to hide her gender in her application because women were not allowed to run in marathons. Katherine completely defied the rules and was even pushed out of the course when they realized she was a woman. Thanks to her, women in the U.S. enjoy the freedom to run in every event that we want to participate in.

Today's post is just a reminder that it's a privilege to be able to run, no matter how fast or slow you may be, just be thankful for the rights that we enjoy in this wonderful country!

Fun fact about women who run in ultra-marathons:
  • Women ultra-marathon runners have greater fatigue resistance than do equally trained men. At about the 90K mark is where women exceed men in the performance.
I am grateful to be an
American citizen.

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