Running With Too Much Data
I started running when I was twelve. I didn’t have a watch, and didn’t see a reason to have one. If I needed to time myself for something, I used one of my dad’s old watch faces, but that was rarely necessary. I ran based on how I felt, and measured distance with the odometer of my family’s pickup truck. When I was seventeen, my track coach insisted we all get watches. Nothing fancy, just a cheap Timex from Walmart. Mine was maybe ten dollars.
"Why Do You Run So Much?"
First of all, I don’t run that much. I’ll run about 2,000 miles this year, which is about the distance from Los Angeles to Chicago. Not even far enough to get across the country. The “why do you run so much” question was first asked to me in middle school, when I started running every day after school in between cross country and track seasons. One day I went home, ran, then went to a friends house, where a cadre of my peers had gathered for no apparent reason. My answer then, was “I like to,” and I left it at that. I liked to, and I was pretty good at it. I liked to, and it eventually earned me a college scholarship. I liked to, and I felt like I should stick with the one thing I seemed to be good at.
Running is Not Therapy
I've been running since I was 12, and I've been competitive most of that time. From multiple trips to State cross country and track and field meets, to running on the national stage at the NCAA Division 1 level, to completing ultra marathons, I've been around the running block. I've seen firsthand the struggles and triumphs that running has brought myself and other people. I know how much work it takes to be really good, and I've witnessed the reality that hard work is not a guaranteed avenue to success on race day.
Women Running Alone
According to a report from Running USA, the sport of running is dominated by women-nearly 63 percent of registered road racers in 2017 were female and about three quarters of them fell between the ages of 25 to 54. Running is a sport that spans age, race, social/economic status, language, and background. It is one of America's most accessible sports, and the market for road and trail racing/running continues to grow. Despite the diversity of its participants, most female runners do have at least one shared experience-being harassed.