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I’m spoiled. I began running when I was a teenager, and have always taken it for granted as there for me when I need to relieve stress, boost my self-esteem (any day can be a good day if you got a great run in!), burn calories, get some quiet, get some fresh air, think, etc. I get frustrated at the occasional sexism obstacles I encounter in the MMA world – but after reading Marathon Woman I’m painfully aware of how minuscule these problems are. It was shocking, inspiring, empowering, and humilia
This book should be on the reading list of every young woman. While I found the best part to be how a handful of women changed the world for countless women to come, it was also hard to put down because it’s love story – it’s the tale of how Kathrine Switzer fell in love with running, built a career, and found happiness.
I found a lot of inspiration in this book – to run, to pursue my passions, to stand up for myself, and to do my part for women everywhere by living up to my potential. It’s horrendous and sad how many women have stood against the progress of women’s rights, and how many still do (because of their religions? jealousy? fear?). Ladies – we need to support each other and keep showing the world what we can do!
Wow! This was an unexpected page-turner. Kathrine Switzer was the second woman to run the Boston Marathon. In 1967, she checked the rules and found nothing explicitly preventing a woman from running, but, just in case, she signed up as K.V. Switzer. At mile-four a race official ran onto the course and tried to drag her off. Her boyfriend at the time shoved the offical aside and Switzer and her running friends took off. A photographer captured the incident. Switzer finished the race. The photos l
This book served as an excellent reminder that many of the rights we women enjoy came from the untiring efforts of women like Switzer. It’s a well-written, enjoyable ride.
Marathoning had always been a sport for men until Kathrine Switzer. In Marathon Woman, she details the challenges she faced while trying to popularize the woman’s marathon.
Switzer’s passion for running exceeds her drive to support woman’s running, and through this book she is able to illustrate just how important running has been in her life.
She tells an honest and hilarious story of how she was able to get her foot into the door of running, and spread the woman’s marathon throughout the world