“My message to young girls is that you can do much more than you ever can imagine. The only way you can imagine it is to do it. To take the first step. And if you take the first step, you can then take three steps. And then you can take 10. And someday maybe you can run a marathon. And if you can run a marathon, you can do anything.” -Kathrine Switzer
Did you see the news this week about Kathrine Switzer running the Boston Marathon — again?
Kathrine was the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon, though as you have probably seen in the iconic photo, a grumpy official tried to physically pull her out of that race until Kathrine’s muscular boyfriend bumped him out instead.
That was in 1967 when she was only 20 years old, and since then Kathrine has run 39 marathons, and this one was her fastest in 43 years. Congratulations to her on this incredible feat.
I’m a walker, not a runner, but I hope her words will be heeded by every girl and every woman in whatever they do: “The only way you can imagine it is to do it.”