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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.
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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.
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