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26 Apr

Last week, a bit more than an hour away from me, was the running of the 119th Boston Marathon. There were thousands running – men and women of all ages.

But that wasn’t always the case.

Today, as women, we don’t think twice about signing up for a marathon. Okay, so maybe we think at least twice about it, but we know that we are allowed to sign up and that we will be accepted on the course.

Back in the olden days, or, you know, 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to register for and complete the Boston Marathon. While, there is really no such thing as an “easy” marathon, KS had a particularly rough time. It was a cold snowy/rainy day and, frankly, the BAA officials didn’t want her on the course. In fact, at one point, there was an attempt to physically pull her from the road. The men she was running with, including her coach and her boyfriend, prevented the removal.

Photo  from www.republicofyou.com.au

Photo series showing race official attempting to remove numbers from K Switzer once he realized that “K” was a woman.


It took another 5 years for women to be officially allowed to register for the Boston Marathon.

For that we can thank Kathrine Switzer. Her fearlessness in the face of anti-woman sentiment on the course opened doors for all of us. A 20-year old college student who just knew she could cover the miles decided to do it!

To learn more about Kathrine, check out her website — Kathrineswitzer.com — and for a really interesting look at what really happened back in 1967, see what Kathrine herself has to say. It’s eye-opening, enlightening and really very inspiring!

If you want to show your own #Fearless side, check out the SkirtSports 261 collection – and use code SSORF20 on everything that ISN’T on sale and get 20% off!! It’s also good for the Virtual runs – there are a couple coming up!!!


Virtual run bib #fearless261


Coming up, look for some great opportunities from SkirtSports — including a giveaway – in support of our 2015 #REALwomenmove campaign!




So. It’s April :)

1 Apr


And that means time for some new and improved goals/resolutions!!  Let’s see how well I do this time around!!

Things started out great when the mailman came bright and early and brought me my new SkirtSports loot!!  Two new skirts, a tank and a new grown-up running bra! I can’t wait to wear my new Gym Girl Ultra for Saturday’s Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon!!


Better pictures soon!!

Sunday is Easter, of course, and I’m hoping to head to NYC to spend a bit of time with my cousin from Minnesota!

And there’s that packing thing that I’ve started…


Oh. And taxes? Yeah. Should probably finish those before I leave the country!!

tax time

And now for the goals.

goals are dreams

Since I haven’t been terribly successful the last couple of months, I’m aiming low. I need the feeling I’ll get from actually accomplishing what I set out to do!! Plus I’ll be starting that new job (FINALLY!!) and need to figure out my schedule!


And so I bring you Anne’s April Goals:

  • Running – I set my monthly mileage goal pretty low, and definitely attainable – 35 miles. Yeah. Kind of a cop out but … that’s that. Also a running goal – to finish the Paris Marathon while there is still support on the course!! The course limit is between 5:40 and 6:00 depending on what I look at. My PR is 6:18. The only solace I can give myself is that the 6:18 was done with VERY very little training. So. We shall see!! If nothing else, it will be a gorgeous tour through Paris!!
  • Organization – I did a pretty decent job in March of getting my office cleared out. Some. There’s still a bit to go so I’ll be finishing that up this month. As well as getting my basement a little more organized so it can return to a more relaxing kind of place!
  • Other Fitness – again, as every month, I want to be much more consistent with my Bikram practice. At least 3 days a week is not unreasonable at all!! Especially with such a low mileage goal.
  • Insulin Pumping/Health – I should hopefully get this figured out and stable by the end of the month! It’s a never ending adventure though!

I figure this is all very do-able – and I should see much success in a few weeks and head into the summer ready to start training for the Marine Corps Marathon!!


Flashback to Beating the Bridge in 2014!!

But before any of this…I have some packing to do and some Francais to be parlez-ing 🙂 And a little matter of my Third 26.2 in 6 months!




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