It's 50 years since Bobbi Gibb stuck two fingers up at her marathon rejection letter. Now if you're a runner I'm sure you'll have experienced a marathon rejection letter before. For the past four years, me and my mates have hoped and prayed, desperately wanting and not wanting in equal measures to get into the London Marathon. Getting a place in the London Marathon is exciting. And even if you're petrified or daunted at the idea of running that kind of distance, the rejection letter is still a slap in the face. So to even try and imagine what being rejected feels like because "Women can't physiologically cover such distances", is near impossible.
Yes, you read correctly, that was the reason. Real talk!
That is why, when I was asked to feature in the Spring edition of Audi Magazine with a couple of other female runners, I was on it like Sonic (jumped at the chance). You can read the full feature here.
I have a bag of medals, stories to tell and experiences that only dreams are made of. Damn, once upon a time I wasn't even dreaming of running an ultra marathon with 52 other women, in an attempt to tip the male to female ratio (usually 80/20). So if I can share some words and celebrate what it has brought to my life, then I'm down with that.
Hopefully, one of us [featured] will spark a little fire somewhere inside whoever claps eyes on it. I would love to hear your thoughts on the article, and if you're a female runner, what made you start and keeps you going?
Holla at your girl.