Switzer (who was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame last year), was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon 45 years ago. You may have seen the iconic photo of the race director physically trying to pull her out of the race. Traditionally a men’s only race, Boston issued Switzer bib number 261 after she registered using just the initial for her first and middle names.
Switzer did finish that race and has since worked to break barriers for women.
Back to the original question: Am I fearless?
I’ve certainly not done anything worthy of the hall of fame. But I have faced my fears throughout my life and come out relatively unscathed.
I moved from Puerto Rico to Michigan as a 17-year-old to attend Michigan State University. Not only did I have no family or friends here, but I had never even seen snow. Some 25 years later, I’m still here. Thriving.
After college, I married my college sweetheart and had three children. If that doesn’t take guts, I don’t know what does.
I’ve climbed to the top of the 552-foot-high Mackinac Bridge, spent about five years punching and kicking my way through Tae Kwon Do, switched careers twice and ran my first half marathon just last fall at age 42.
Does that make me fearless? I don’t know that I can answer that question yet.
But I do know that I look at my adult life and pray that I’ve been a good role model for all three of our children. May they know that they shouldn’t allow anyone to pull them out of their own race, wherever it might take them.
Regardless of the mileage, I know I’ll be thinking about experiences I should pursue so I can better answer my own question.
So, are you fearless? Have you done a virtual race before? What kind of things have you done that make you think you are not wimpy?
NOTE: I received a free bib for the virtual race from Skirt Sports. All views and opinions are my own.