Racing Myself

I ran my first race on Saturday, the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago. As I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 in the morning, several hours earlier than my normal Saturday waking time, I swore if I had not shelled out a hefty fee, I would be on my way back to bed, and that I would never again subject myself to rising early on a cold Saturday morning to run. Later, while I and my brother yelled with the shock as we took off long pants and coats to put into gear check, I swore it again before sending my much faster brother to the first start corral, and heading towards my own start location. But as I waited by myself for the race to begin, I started to feel some excitement looking at the women surrounding me. Read More Racing Myself

Badass Ladies of History: Kathrine Switzer

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer made history by becoming the first woman to run the Boston marathon as a registered entrant. In previous years, women had run the race unofficially, presumably following the course without earning the same recognition as their male counterparts. It took Switzer’s race entry to change this. Read More Badass Ladies of History: Kathrine Switzer

Burning Tires: Palestine’s Speed Sisters

Life in the West Bank can be harrowing during the best of times. In between settlements, sanctions, violence, and shortages, joy is neither quick nor easy to come by. Some are fast to point out that some of the West Bank’s newer developments are prosperous and thriving. Read More Burning Tires: Palestine’s Speed Sisters

It Used to be a Haven

It used to be a haven.

When I was little, I was always in the water. Eventually, I fled to the sanctity of the lanes to avoid high-school drama. Nothing like a good workout, body screaming down the pool, to take your mind off chemistry tests and French homework. There, I knew what to expect, and it was the one place I loved bringing my best every day. Read More It Used to be a Haven