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If you’re a woman and you’re running a race this weekend, I thought you’d be inspired by this story.



Even if you’ve never heard of Kathrine Switzer, she’s influenced your life.  In 1967, she was the first woman to ever officially run the Boston Marathon (the year prior, another woman, Roberta Gibb, bandited the race and finished in 3:21).  Women weren’t permitted to run Boston; Kathrine received a race bib by signing only her initials, not her full name, on the entry form.  And during the event, the race director actually tried to physically remove her from the course (her boyfriend responded with a nice body check).  Despite the officials’ efforts, Kathrine finished the race in 4:20.  

It took five more years to officially allow women to enter the Boston Marathon.  Kathrine went on to become an advocate for women’s right to participate in sports, helping bring the women’s marathon to the Olympics.


The only marathon this woman is participating in today is the feed baby on zero sleep marathon. Winking smile


I may not get a medal, but I do get waffles.  I’ll take it.


I topped the batter with brown sugar and cinnamon before closing the waffle iron – the result?  A messy waffle iron but very tasty waffles.  The sugar and cinnamon became crunchy and golden.


Happy Friday!



  • SG June 22, 2012, 9:39 am

    The way I heard it was that the guy doing the body checking LATER became her boyfriend. Much more romantic that way, I think 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 22, 2012, 9:46 am

    Your waffles always make me hungry for breakfast round 2! Mine never come out looking that perfect. Very interesting info about Kathrine. Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 22, 2012, 10:00 am

    Messier is always tastier! And a big thank you to Kathrine! How brave!

  • Anna June 22, 2012, 10:01 am

    Love the simple, inspirational post this AM! Keep up the great mommmy work.

  • Sarah June 22, 2012, 10:14 am

    This is incredibly inspirational. I started running for the first time ever a couple months ago and began doubting that I could do it, but stories like this make me realize that working hard and believing in something will pay off. Thanks for posting the video!

    Also, those waffles look amazing! 🙂

  • Jen June 22, 2012, 10:16 am

    Wow – Amazing. Thanks for sharing that story. It’s crazy to me how much has changed…1967 doesn’t seem that long ago to me…but what a world of difference!

  • Kathy K June 22, 2012, 10:25 am

    I have met Kathrine Switzer (twice!) and she is a warm and friendly person! Very inspiring! Thanks for the video!

  • Kailey June 22, 2012, 10:30 am

    I can’t believe they physically tried to remove her…just for being a women. I bet she was just better than the boys 😉

  • Sarah June 22, 2012, 10:31 am

    I love that she is from Syracuse, NY!!!! I am from Syracuse and had no idea. This hits home for sure.

    • Katy Widrick June 22, 2012, 12:20 pm

      And graduated from SU — go Orange!

  • Heather June 22, 2012, 10:38 am

    LOVE the MakersWomen videos!! SO POWERFUL & INSPIRING!!

  • colleen June 22, 2012, 10:39 am

    Incredible! I never knew that. Totally makes my energized! Go Women!

  • Megan E. June 22, 2012, 10:41 am

    I can’t believe I have never heard of Switzer! How badass!!!! Makes me want to lace up my shoes right this second. 🙂 What a lady!

  • Natalie June 22, 2012, 10:48 am

    I got a little bit emotional watching that video. Reminded me that I shouldn’t take for granted all the things we can (are allowed?) to do because of the hard work all the women did before us.

    I’m doing my first ever EVER race tomorrow; this was a nice video to watch to keep me inspired!

    Thanks Caitlin


  • Elaine Glynn June 22, 2012, 11:03 am

    The video gave me goosebumps. It made me want to run a marathon. What an amazing and brave woman. Without women like her where would we be?

  • Earthy Nicole June 22, 2012, 11:10 am

    How awesome… It seems that these days women are still having to prove what they’re capable of but all the women who had firsts like that are so inspiring.

    Those waffles inspire me to go to the grocery store… lol. Have a great day Caitlin and Henry! xx

  • Laura June 22, 2012, 11:14 am

    As I was watching this I am sitting at my desk, in my running clothes, completely down on myself today.Did I ever need to see this!

  • Tammy Root June 22, 2012, 11:17 am

    What happened to your 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep??

    • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 12:38 pm

      it did not work.

      • Tammy Root June 22, 2012, 2:29 pm

        I’m sorry. 🙁

  • Army Amy* June 22, 2012, 11:27 am

    The part of “Spirit of the Marathon” about Kathrine Switzer is my favorite part! Well, that and watching everybody cross the finish line at the end of the movie.*

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 22, 2012, 11:42 am

    I’ve never heard of her before! Such an inspiring story!

  • Coco June 22, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Wow, what an amazing story. Such a brave woman!!!

  • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 12:51 pm

    We’re beginning the registry process for our wedding, do you have a waffle iron you love?

    Also, ate a mess of oatmeal (skipped the yogurt) with TJ’s oats made with almond milk, PB, almond slivers, a banana, and blueberries. No joke I was still full two hours later while working out. Best. Breakfast. Ever.

    • Caitlin June 22, 2012, 1:28 pm

      It’s just a $30 or so iron – nothing super special.

  • Stephanie June 22, 2012, 12:54 pm

    As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, I had never heard about this! And I had never even considered that women weren’t “allowed” to run in the marathon until much too recently. Thanks for enlightening me. This will definitely be my, “Did you know…” story for the next few weeks!

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie June 22, 2012, 2:04 pm

    I can’t believe I had never heard of her! I’m running my first trail 10k on Sunday and I’ll be sure to remember her when I struggle!
    Those waffles look delicious 🙂 I just got an waffle iron last week, I need to find a recipe now 😉
    Hope you get some sleep soon

  • Amber K June 22, 2012, 2:23 pm

    What a great story! I’m always amazed at the people in our past who wanted things so badly they did whatever it took to change the world. For some reason I feel like we have less people like this now.

  • Devonshire June 22, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Love the youtube clip about Switzer. I was born in the late 80’s so i guess being exclude in things just because i’m female hasn’t really been an issue for me but wow! For the organizer of the race to grab onto her and try to physically remove her…I’m glad she finished though and i’m glad she even decided to run against all that. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa June 22, 2012, 5:35 pm

    This is a really great article. I’ve never heard about this and also never thought about women not being able to participate in races. Thank you for this great story!!

  • Jennifer June 22, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Katherine is actually going to be at the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k I’m doing on Sunday, so cool!

  • Nina June 22, 2012, 5:56 pm

    If you have time, check out the Stuff Mom Never Told You (from podcast entitled ‘When did women start running marathons?’ from April 16, 2012 (available on iTunes). Lots of interesting tid-bits about women runners and how the sport has grown.

  • Christina June 22, 2012, 9:14 pm

    This was a really funny post. Good job on such little sleep~!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit June 22, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Such a cool story about Kathrine Switzer! I had no idea about that part of the Boston marathon’s history!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 22, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Yum ! Those waffles look crispy and delish. Did you use a particular recipe?

    • Caitlin June 23, 2012, 10:47 am

      It’s Bobs Red Mill GF mix.

  • Emily June 23, 2012, 8:48 am

    Waffles aren’t eaten in Australia – unless you count waffle cones for icecream – and I feel like we’re missing out:P Yours look sooo tasty:D

  • Ciely June 23, 2012, 10:34 am

    So funny (now) to see pictures of those who were on the wrong side of history like that race director. His expression is perfect. LOL

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