Thanks, Sarah! I’m glad that the forum is helpful. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for starting this forum. I’ve been a trail runner for 45 years (among other wilderness pursuits). Ran the Dipsea when I was 13 (oldest trail race in U.S. for those unfamiliar). There weren’t very many girls in the line-up back then but I didn’t think anything of it. Now I’m 59 and gonna run the Rut in Sept. Lots of miles and mountain passes in between. When I was young and pursuing a lot of endeavors that were male dominated (both work and outdoor stuff), I got used to being discrimated against, told I wasn’t capable to (fill in the blank)–along with being harassed, threatened, etc. Of course, times have changed to a certain degree (though clearly, we have a long way to go), but what’s interesting now, is that I feel that same kind of bias go on around being an older athlete (and especially female!)–people telling me or assuming I can’t or shouldn’t do (again, fill in the blank), feeling sort of invisible in terms of a dirth of discussion and credence given to training at this phase of life, etc. Sometimes I want to call out, “We’re still here! And you will be, too, sooner than you know!” So, this is just a long-winded way of expressing gratitude for having alighted upon this litte bit of ether-based communion and camaraderie….
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