Kathrine Switzer was the first registered female to run the Boston Marathon. In 1967, she registered under her initials "K.V. Switzer". Because women were not allowed to compete in races longer than a mile and a half, the registration form did not include any sort of gender specification, so race officials did not realize she was a woman. Pictured above, her boyfriend defends her from the race director's assaults.
In class I often refer to standing in your power.
I invite class participants to strengthen their legs – not to fit in the latest skinny jeans (whatever those are?), rather to: stand, root, connect, propel, and balance.
Stand for your beliefs. For what matters. For those who are disenfranchised. For what your mother or grandmother couldn't stand up for. For your sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter...
Root to connect. To grow tall. To feel strong. To rest.
Connect to yourself. To earth's heated core. To your powerful core. To others nearby. To what fuels you.
Propel forward with humans that seek love. Away from abuse. Toward what is right. In races that were deemed for "others".
Balance in stillness. In quietness. In equanimity. Your breath. Your mind.
I find it difficult to believe in the year I was born (1967), women weren't allowed to race longer than 1.5 miles. How far we've come, how far we still have to go...hence STRONG-ASS legs to rise to the occasion!
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky