I can't imagine not being allowed to play sports in high school.
Many people reading this will not be able to remember a time when women were not able to participate in school athletics. I was born after Title IX was first passed, but remember hearing much of it as a kid.
Today I am incredibly grateful to have been born in an era, and to live in a culture, where women are allowed to compete in sport.
Saturday, wearing my Brooks at the Nike Store, I was able to join many other women and men to listen to Joan Benoit Samuelson speak about what Title IX meant for her, and a little about her time in Eugene preparing for the first women's Olympic Marathon- which she won.
Joan Benoit was a teenager when the first sports were available to girls at school. Had soccer been one of the options for girls, she said she might be doing that now instead of running!
There was a group run to follow the brief talk- 9k, with shorter options. I lost the main group and Joan, but ran my own short route. (My first run back after 9 days off felt pretty good, but I kept it very slow as my heart rate rose pretty quickly.)
Also, I was happy to meet a Eugene resident I recognized- Nicole Teter- (holds the 800M indoor American record).
We are almost the same age and talked about running shoes, injuries and kids! She's as real as they get- super nice, and I hope to run into her in town again.
I spent the rest of the day buzzing around Eugene with a friend at the Trials in the section that is free to wander through. Excitement was high! I can't wait for Thursday!! Right now I am going solo to watch, unless I can somehow manage to find another ticket.
A video of Joan getting the first women's gold medal in the marathon- worth the time if you have never seen it!