Let’s talk International Women’s Day. What does this day mean to you? To me its a day to honour the women who stood up for their rights and fought back against gender inequality. It’s a day to reflect on the changes that have taken place over a short period of time. It’s a day to be proud of who we are and how far we have come.
It wasn’t too long ago when women where not encouraged to run, let alone compete in racing events. To use women AND runner in the sentence – well that’s completely unheard of! Allowing a woman to run a marathon – are you crazy, your uterus will fall out! And even if women were allowed to compete in a race, it certainly was not alongside the men – there are separate races for that, dear!
As I sit here now I wonder what my life would be like without running. It’s become such an important part of who I am that I could never imagine a life without it. I run to be free. To push limits. To feel strong. Please don’t tell me I can’t run – because I can and I will.
So today (or tomorrow or anytime) when you’re lacing up to head out for your run, take the time to think about those courageous, selfless, dedicated, strong women who changed the sport for women, forever. Thank you.