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I am SO excited because Meghann and I decided spur-of-the-moment to meet up tonight for a bike ride!  I haven’t gotten on the bike in… MONTHS… so I’m looking forward to a change of pace.

 

This morning, I snacked on a handful of almonds + pecans.

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And I split up my lunch into two parts because I was really hungry at 11:00 AM.

 

I started with a salad + celery + sun dried tomatoes + cucumber.

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About 45 minutes later, I had a lovely egg-centric entree.

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I topped two WW mini pitas with melted cheddar cheese and slid two sunny side up eggs on top.

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The runnier, the better!

 

And for dessert… 3 Girl Scout cookies.  Honestly, you will probably see these every day until the Husband and I crush the box.

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When Women Couldn’t Run

 

I read this great article in the New York Times this morning about women and running.  Until as recently as the 1970s, women were discouraged from competitive sports in general and running in particular.

 

Did you know that although the Boston Marathon has been around since 1897, women were not allowed to officially participate until 1972?

 

Roberta Gibb is recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (in 1966).  She hid behind a bush at the start of the Boston Marathon, sneaking into the field and finishing the race in an unofficial time of 3:21:25.   

 

Gibb had been inspired to run by the return of her race entry with a note saying that women were not physically capable of running a marathon.  "I hadn’t intended to make a feminist statement," said Gibb. "I was running against the distance [not the men] and I was measuring myself with my own potential."

 

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as "K. V. Switzer", was the first woman to run with a race number.  However, a race official named Jock Semple actually tried to rip off her numbers and eject her from the race.  She finished the race regardless!

 

Next time you run, dedicate it to these amazing women!

{ 41 comments }

 

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina March 3, 2009, 10:38 am

    wow! i never knew that about running! thanks for sharing!

    also, i LOVE maltesers!!!! every time my aunt and uncle come from london they bring back those and the best kit kat EVER (the ones here disgust me). yummmmmmmmmmmmm

  • eatfabinnyc March 3, 2009, 10:42 am

    That is CRAZY about the Boston marathon! Tomorrow morning I will dedicate my 5 miles to them šŸ™‚ I LOVE your blog it’s fabulous!
    http://eatfabinnyc.wordpress.com

  • Jen March 3, 2009, 10:45 am

    Wow! I had no idea women weren’t “allowed” to run or that men didn’t think we were able! Crazy! Someday women will really rule the world and things will be very different than they are right now šŸ™‚

    At least we’re moving in the right direction!

  • redheadedjournal March 3, 2009, 10:52 am

    I had no idea about women and running! Wow!

  • Becca March 3, 2009, 10:52 am

    I am totally with you on the runny eggs.

  • foodsthatfit March 3, 2009, 10:53 am

    Have a great time on your bike ride! I am jealous, we the roads are covered in snow here, so no biking for a bit for me!

    It’s amazing to see how much the perception of women runners has changed over the years! So glad we are moving forward!

  • Lacey Nicole March 3, 2009, 10:54 am

    one of my all time favorite books is Marathon Woman by K.V. Switzer. def read it- it will make you want to run a marathon!!! or just run, period šŸ™‚

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog March 3, 2009, 10:57 am

    I watched the documentary “Spirit of the Marathon” and they actually show footage of the race official trying to push the woman off the race course!! it’s ridiculous!! also – everyone was wearing those grey cotton sweat suits! thank goodness for the invention of wicky fabric!!

  • Meghann March 3, 2009, 10:58 am

    Yay for impromtu bike rides!!!

  • Emily March 3, 2009, 11:01 am

    Aww, I wish it were warm enough here to bike ride!

    I never knew that women weren’t allowed to run; cool story!

  • VeggieGirl March 3, 2009, 11:06 am

    HOORAY!! Have fun with Meghann!!

  • Leah March 3, 2009, 11:07 am

    Those photos are great!!!

    Have fun with Meghann tonight!

  • Danielle March 3, 2009, 11:10 am

    I can’t believe how long it took before women were allowed to compete in running, crazy!
    I’m craving girl scout cookies now!

  • alessa March 3, 2009, 11:18 am

    Interesting facts! I am all about runny eggs, love them! I actually heard once that men are more likely to eat eggs with runny yokes, than woman…

    who knows, i don’t even remember where i heard it!! haha

  • Brandi March 3, 2009, 11:21 am

    I LOVE Runny eggs šŸ™‚

    I had never heard that about running! Interesting.

  • fitforfree March 3, 2009, 11:25 am

    SO true! my mom loved running in high school but was discouraged from it!

  • Ryane March 3, 2009, 11:26 am

    I was wondering – are you still taking glucosamin chondroitin or any other supplements for your knees? Had you noticed a difference when you started taking them vs. going off them (if you have stopped of course…)? I need to pop aleve like crazy before I run, so just wondering if there was anything extra I can do to help ease the pain in my knees as well… I’m looking into those knee sleeves as well!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 3, 2009, 11:29 am

    ryane – yes i still take them religiously. i do think they helped me tremendously. knee sleeves, however, are definitely the key to continuing to run. i have been doing lots of research online recently about my knee condition and i think i need to get more serious about strength training certain muscles to keep my knee in alignment (without the use of a sleeve). but, like i said, i cant run without sleeves, so i would 100% recommend those. it will take months to see results with glucosamine.

  • RunToFinish March 3, 2009, 11:37 am

    it’s really crazy to see how people used to think about women running… our ovaries might fall out!

  • Missy March 3, 2009, 11:54 am

    Wow those eggs look amazing! I don’t think I could ever get mine to be so perfect like that!

  • Betsy March 3, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Ugh, I’m still waiting for 2 boxes of GS cookies from a co worker… grrr!

  • kilax March 3, 2009, 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the link to the article! It reminds me to be grateful for what woman have done before us!

  • Dori March 3, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I applaud you for only have 3 cookies a day! When I have a box, I eat the box.

  • Ryane March 3, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Yeah, I’ve been taking the gluco for a month or so now and I would like to hope they were helping a little bit so I’ll keep at ’em!
    I’ve been focusing a lot on moves that strengthen the quads – I’m liking those results so far!

  • elise March 3, 2009, 12:29 pm

    biking!!! STOP mocking me with this weather!! so cruel…

    (JK, enjoy)

  • Tyler March 3, 2009, 12:30 pm

    yay! i’ll think about that on my run today šŸ™‚

  • Carlee March 3, 2009, 12:44 pm

    Thanks for those stories. I love hearing things like that. Woooo! for them!

    I would dedicate tonite’s run to them, but it’s a treadmill run I think and they are worthy of more ;).

  • Elizabeth March 3, 2009, 1:33 pm

    Those are some great running stories! Its amazing the things women werent once able to do and how far we have come. Way to go women runners everywhere!

  • Bec March 3, 2009, 1:37 pm

    I agree the runnier the eggs the better! That article is crazy, its hard to believe how much the sport has changed in not that long of time. Hope you guys have a good ride.

  • Vegan On Stage March 3, 2009, 2:06 pm

    YUMMMMMMM I LOVE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!!!!

  • RunJennyRun March 3, 2009, 3:07 pm

    I just wanted to ditto what other’s have said about Marathon Woman – such a great book!!

  • lighterportions March 3, 2009, 3:15 pm

    Now I want to go for a bike ride! I can’t wait until it’s warm enough… go away winter!

    I can’t believe women were thought to not even be capable of running. Ridiculous! Huge kudos to those women for sticking up for the woman’s ability to run!

  • Megan March 3, 2009, 3:41 pm

    mmmm that lunch looks so perfect! nom nom nom

    i can not RESIST girl scout cookies. tagalongs? hello HEAVEN! i love all of them. i can eat an entire box in one sitting, and it requires little to no effort. they will never get old šŸ™‚

    enjoy the bike ride!

  • Run Saraah March 3, 2009, 4:13 pm

    Wow, I had no idea…thank you for sharing. I will definitely think about that on my next run – a true inspiration.

  • thecleanveggie March 3, 2009, 4:23 pm

    thin mints are the way to go šŸ™‚
    love the lunch!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 3, 2009, 4:30 pm

    mmm thin mints. YUM!

  • Meg March 3, 2009, 6:16 pm

    I had no idea about those facts regarding women and running! WOW!

  • ksgoodeats March 3, 2009, 7:10 pm

    Cool running story! I never knew that!

    I can’t wait for Spring – all of your outdoor adventures are making me jealous šŸ™‚

  • ChickPea March 3, 2009, 10:32 pm

    Do you eat your Thin Mints frozen too?! It’s best way!

  • courtney March 4, 2009, 2:42 am

    Ditto “Spirit of the Marathon”!
    It’s a great film anyway, and Katherine Switzer talks about her experience.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 4, 2009, 4:33 am

    yes i love frozen thin mints!!

    and i want to rent that DVD, i watch a preview of “spirit of the marathon” on youtube and it looks great

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