She Believed She Could Virtual Run Medal

She Believed She Could Virtual Run Medal

$29.99

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Large 6 inch medal

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She Believed She Could So She Did. We believed we could also. We were tangled up for so long, but we managed to get free enough to create our next virtual run medal. This is another LARGE, 6 inch medal designed by starving artists at Virtual Run World. Run anytime, anywhere and any distance.

Being one of the race directors for Sage Rat Run, a run event in Washington State, and a runner, I have made some observations. One of them is there are never enough port-a-potties at run events. Another is there are a lot of female runners out there. Sage Rat Run averages about 70 percent female participants. I noticed that most of those female runners, including my wife, were ahead of me. But I do not mind being “chicked” at all, my running goal is to finish alive. I have set my running pace with those over 80 years old or the kids under 5. I will also admit I have been “chicked” by moms, cruising with two kids in a stroller, drinking a Starbucks Latte, during a half marathon, while qualifying for Boston.

So I did some mathematical, scientific and historical calculations about female runners. Men, as a group and individually, have all been passed by female runners. I have concluded that every male in history has been “chicked” at one time in their life. If a male says he has never been “chicked” then he is lying. Men are liars and can’t be trusted with facts, math and science. Chicked: (verb) – a definition that can not found in Webster’s Dictionary, but I sum up as a female athlete who has out performed a male in a physical activity, such as running.

Let us look back in history for some examples. In 396 B.C., one of the earliest recorded events of being “chicked” is Kyniska, a Spartan princess, who wins an Olympic chariot race, reserved for males. This resulted in the first female mosaic artist representation of two guys being “chicked.” Notice the stunned look in their face.

In the 776 B.C. the first Olympics were held in ancient Greece. The women were excluded because the men were being “chicked” so often, so they competed in their own running event called “Games of Hera.” This was to honor the Greek goddess Hera, who ruled over women and the earth. Hera, by the way, means “Goddess of all things chicked.”

Located in the British Museum is an 11.4 cm bronze statute of a Spartan girl running. The bronze is dated around 500 B.C. You will notice she is looking back at the males that she passed during her run, her face grimacing in their lack of training.

Why have women excelled in running, walking, and as my wife says, just about everything else? Because they, “believed they could, so they did!”

A study at the University of Cape Town tested a hypothesis that women ultramarathon runners have greater fatigue resistance than do equally trained men whose performances are superior up to the marathon distance. At about the 90k distance is where women begin to excel over men in performance. I think that positive attitude has something to do with it, and that is not the sarcasm talking either.

How far have women come, and how fast? They were ahead of us in the beginning, Men as a species just have not noticed. Men were busy inventing port-a-potties for women and building man caves. Before 1967, no woman was even allowed to run in a marathon, not since the first one took place in the 1896 Olympics in Athens. It was just assumed that women could never endure the grueling 42.2 kilometers from start to finish. Besides, it was said, they’d damage their internal organs and compromise their fertility. 

In 1984, at the Los Angeles Olympics, the inaugural women’s marathon took place, and American Joan Benoit Samuelson claimed the gold medal in stunning fashion, breaking away from the chase pack at just over 4 miles into the 26.2 mile race. When Joan sailed across the finish line alone and in first place, distance running for American women would never be the same.

During running events, men have only excelled and been fearless in the use of a port-a-pottie. Women apparently have us beaten in all other categories. So if you are struggling with motivation, miles, or determination, take a lesson from history, science and do the math, believe you can and you will. Running is a freedom to be cherished and appreciated for everyone, even males. Grab a “She believed she could, so she did” medal and celebrate your miles.

Want to read more about women running in history? Go to:

http://www.marathonguide.com/history/olympicmarathons/chapter25.cfm

She Believed Lanyard
Detail of She Believed She Could Dye Sublimation Lanyard

 She Believed She Could with Lanyard

 

Virtual Run World’s She Believed She Could Virtual Run Medal includes:

Custom Designed Large Finishing Medal – 6 inches of bling!

Custom Designed Dye Sublimation Lanyard

Customizable Bib that you can personalize with your name and favorite number

Donation to Charity – 10 percent of our profits – see About page for more info.

How to participate in Virtual Run World’s She Believed She Could Virtual Run:

Purchase the She Believed She Could Virtual Run Medal

Earn your medal with a run, walk or bike for anytime, anywhere or any distance, in one day or multiple days, its up to you.

Bibs

Visit our Virtual Bibs page to customize your bib – add your name, favorite bib number and print.

Share your Results

This is optional, but we would like you to share your run by commenting on this page and on our Facebook page.

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Large 6 inch medal

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36 Responses

  1. Teresa
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    This is STUNNING!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Teresa, thanks for the kind words 🙂 We are working hard on each design to make them as detailed and successful as possible. Glad to hear that you like it. Thanks again and happy training 🙂

    • Heather
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      When will this medal ship? Thanks!

      • Virtual Run World
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        Heather, our She Believed She Could medal is currently in production and is estimated to ship late October. It is due here within the next few days, so we will ship as soon as they arrive to us! If you have any other questions, please let us know. Thanks for your support 🙂

  2. Heather
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    WOW! This is the most gorgeous medal I’ve ever seen! I adore it!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Heather, WOW is also our reaction to your comment 😀 We are loving designing our medals and are having a great time in the process. Thanks for your support and kind words!!! Hearing these positive comments motivates us to keep doing what we LOVE! Thanks again and happy training 🙂

  3. bianca
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    Oooh yaaay!! A favorite quote on a medal!!!! And it has sparkles!!!! When will this be available! Please let me know because I would like to add it to my collection!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Bianca, we are in the process of waiting to receive a proof and quote from our medal manufacturer for our artwork. Once we have things finalized we will post the proof of the medal and start sales. We anticipate the medals being ready to ship sometime in October, but we will post updates soon. Thanks for asking 🙂

  4. Briana
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    This medal is AMAZING. I am a strong believer in this phrase, especially having 6 daughters. My girls are looking forward to running with me and earning one of these gorgeous medals.

    • Virtual Run World
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      WOW! Thanks for the kind words and motivation to keep doing what we love here at Virtual Run World 🙂 You are an inspiration 😀

  5. Dayo Akinbode
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    The medal is so beautiful, the phrase so true and the supported cause so worthy.
    im in on this one

    • Virtual Run World
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      Dayo, we appreciate your support and encouragement. Hope all is well with your training runs! We look forward to having you join us again…happy running 🙂

  6. HEATHER RITCHIE
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    is this a virtual race that can still be done, or is it in the past?

    • Virtual Run World
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      Heather, She Believed She Could, as well as all of our events here at Virtual Run World are open and available all the time due to customer demand 🙂 Run anytime, anywhere and any distance. We’d love to have you join us! Thank you for your interest.

  7. Teresa
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    I just read the “mathematical, scientific and historical calculations about female runners.” OH MY GOODNESS!!! So funny!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Teresa, thanks for reading our little post and the history of female runners 🙂 You are part of history too! Remember to keep track of all the men you have chicked… I chick my husband each run 🙂 Happy training and chant ‘She Believed She Could, So She Did’ each run!!!

  8. Tina Casey
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    Have these medal been mailed out yet?

    • Virtual Run World
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      Tina, our She Believed She Could medals are due to arrive to us within the next few days. Once we receive them, we will ship them out ASAP 🙂 Thanks for asking!

  9. Wendy
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    We did it! My sister and I live about 300 miles from each other, but we ran 11.1K on 11/1/2014 “together!”

    • Virtual Run World
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      Wendy, congratulations to both you and your sister 🙂 We LOVE the 11.1k on 11/1!!! Thanks for letting us be a part of this! What a great way to run “together”!!!! Keep up the great work! And thanks for joining us 🙂

  10. Michelle
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    Your medals are absolutely amazing!! I enjoy doing virtual races and love getting race bling. Will have to get on of your medals for Christmas. T

  11. Heidi Martini
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    Holy medal Batman! Is this race still open? I have had friends & family affected by Leukemia and Lymphoma & I’m an 8+ year Cancer Survivor.
    Thanks,
    Heidi

    • Virtual Run World
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      Yes, Robin there is a Santa and this medal is still open 🙂 We are happy that you found us and wish you the best in your health and training! As with all of our medals, we keep them open all the time and offer them for sale once we finish a design. We have no close dates, easy purchasing, and no requirements or date restrictions 😉 Merry Christmas, Terri

  12. Katie
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    Is this medal still available? Thanks!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Katie, our She Believed She Could medals are on backorder and estimated to ship at the end of April. The medals will be sent out as soon as they arrive to us! If you have any other questions, please let us know. Thanks for asking 🙂

  13. Kara
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    Is this still available?

    • Virtual Run World
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      Kara, yes, our She Believed She Could is in stock and ready to ship! To purchase, please visit our SHOP page. Thank you for your interest 🙂

  14. Dorothy Sutton
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    Happy to participate. I did a 10k for my medal. It was hard at times but i was determined to pull through and i did!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Thank you Dorothy for joining us on our She Believed She Could So She Did 🙂 We appreciate your support!!!

  15. Morgan Pittman
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    I’ve ran for over 16 years, mainly just to stay fit. I really never ran more than 2-3 miles, but I did this every day. It’s was just a routine run. Anyway, about a month a thought to myself, I’m going to run a half marathon. On my long run, I’ve currently worked up to 9.66 miles. I have about 6 more weeks until my live half marathon. I’ve order this medal to celebrate the training day when I conquer the 13.1 miles. I believed I could do it, and I will. Super excited!

    • Virtual Run World
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      Morgan, we are honored to be a part of such a monumental goal 🙂 We BELIEVE you can too!!! Thank you for your support and we wish you the best in achieving your dreams 🙂

  16. Jen
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    I just completed my first half marathon last sunday and I ordered this medal because to help celebrate the great accomplishment. There were times I felt like giving up but I’m glad I didn’t.

    • Virtual Run World
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      Jen, congratulations on your first half marathon 🙂 We love being a part of such a special accomplishment!!! Thank you for your support 🙂

  17. Hayley
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    I’m in the UK. Can I run for this gorgeous medal and have it shipped across?
    Beautiful designs and medals by the way 🙂

    • Virtual Run World
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      Hayley, thank you for your inquiry 🙂 Yes, we ship worldwide!!! Please view our pages about international shipping charges and policy. The links can be found under About / Shipping, http://virtualrunworld.com/shipping/ Please let us know if you have any questions! Thank you again 🙂

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