First Ladies of Running

Author: Amby Burfoot
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 1609615654
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Today, millions of women and girls around the world enjoy running and entering races. It wasn’t always so: • In 1961, when Julia Chase edged to the start of a Connecticut 5-miler, officials tried to push her off the road. • At the 1966 Boston Marathon, Roberta Gibb hid behind a forsythia bush, worried that police might arrest her. • The next year at Boston, Kathrine Switzer was assaulted mid-race by a furious race organizer. • In the mid-60s, Indianapolis high schooler Cheryl Bridges was told not to run anywhere near the boys’ track team because she might “distract” them. • When Charlotte Lettis signed up for the University of Massachusetts cross-country team in the fall of 1971, she was told to use the men’s locker room. • A few years later in coastal Maine, young Joan Benoit would stop her workouts to pretend she was picking roadside flowers, embarrassed that her neighbors might spot her running. First Ladies of Running tells the inspiring stories of these and other fiercely independent runners who refused to give up despite the cultural and sports barriers they faced. Legends such as Doris Brown, Francie Larrieu, Mary Decker, Jackie Hansen, Miki Gorman, and Grete Waitz are chronicled by Runner’s World editor Amby Burfoot. Burfoot even runs the 1994 Marine Corps Marathon with Oprah Winfrey, whose successful finish opened the floodgates for other women runners. First Ladies of Running is a beautiful and long-overdue tribute to the pioneers of women’s running, and a gift of empowerment for female runners everywhere.

Mile Markers

Author: Kristin Armstrong
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 1609613414
Format: PDF
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In Mile Markers, Runner's World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong captures the ineffable and timeless beauty of running, the importance of nurturing relationships with those we love, and the significance of reflecting on our experiences. This collection considers the most important reasons women run, celebrating the inspiring passion runners have for their sport and illustrating how running fosters a vitally powerful community. With unique wit, refreshing candor, and disarming vulnerability, Armstrong shares her conviction that running is the perfect parallel for marking the milestones of life. From describing running a hardfought race with her tightly-knit group of sweat sisters, to watching her children participate in the sport for the very first time, Armstrong infuses her experiences with a perspective of hope that every moment is a chance to become a stronger, wiser, more peaceful woman. Running threads these touching stories together, and through each of them we are shown the universal undercurrents of inspiration, growth, grace, family, empowerment, and endurance.

The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh

Author: Sheldon Anderson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442277564
Format: PDF
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Stella Walsh was a Polish-American Olympic track and field icon of the 1930s. When Walsh was murdered years after her track career had ended, the autopsy brought her sex—and her legacy—into question. This first biography of Walsh reveals in detail her personal struggles, athletic triumphs, and tragic death.

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Author: Kathrine Switzer
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781594863301
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A visual and narrative tour of marathon history throughout the world examines marathon popularity in social, philosophical, athletic, fashion, cultural, and scientific contexts, featuring photography by such top contributors as Helmut Newton and Susan Meiselas. 25,000 first printing.

Running Tide

Author: Joan Benoit
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: 9780394554570
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The 1984 Olympic marathon winner recounts the turbulent course of her sports career, discusses her training methods and racing strategy, and reveals the drive to excel--and its costs--that has propelled her to victory

Marathon Woman

Author: Kathrine Switzer
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 030682566X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the event's directors who attempted to violently eject her. In what would become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race. This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event in women's history. Including updates from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the paperback edition of Marathon Woman details the life of an incredible, pioneering athlete, and the lasting effect she's had on women's sports. Switzer's energy and drive permeate the pages of this warm, witty memoir as she describes everything from the childhood events that inspired her to succeed to her big win in the 1974 New York City Marathon, and beyond.

The Runner s Guide to the Meaning of Life

Author: Amby Burfoot
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781579542634
Format: PDF, Docs
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After 35 years of running, champion marathoner Amby Burfoot shares the wisdom and insights he has gained along the way in this first book of a new series of Daybreak books that find the spiritual message in seemingly ordinary activities.

To Boston with Love

Author: Bobbi Gibb
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781533673534
Format: PDF, Docs
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In "To Boston With Love," Bobbi Gibb tells the story of how in 1966 she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, challenging the prevalent prejudices and misconceptions about women's athletic capabilities. It includes illustrations drawn by Gibb herself. This 50th anniversary edition includes an all-new introduction by the author. Sales support the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project to honor all the women who have followed Bobbi's footsteps and run the Boston Marathon.

Running A Love Story

Author: Jen A. Miller
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 1580056113
Format: PDF
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Jen Miller has fallen in and out of love, but no man has been there for her the way running has. In Running: A Love Story, Jen tells the story of her lifelong relationship with running with wit, thoughtfulness, and brutal honesty. Jen first laces up her sneakers in high school, when, like many people, she sees running as a painful part of conditioning for other sports. But when she discovers early in her career as a journalist that it helps her clear her mind, focus her efforts, and achieve new goals, she becomes hooked for good. Jen, a middle-of-the-pack but tenacious runner, hones her skill while navigating relationships with men that, like a tricky marathon route, have their ups and downs, relying on running to keep her steady in the hard times. As Jen pushes herself toward ever-greater challenges, she finds that running helps her walk away from the wrong men and learn to love herself while revealing focus, discipline, and confidence she didn’t realize she had. Relatable, inspiring, and brutally honest, Running: A Love Story, explores the many ways that distance running carves a path to inner peace and empowerment by charting one woman’s evolution in the sport.