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Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower YouI never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who spent more time practicing my scales and arpeggios on our baby grand piano and perfecting pirouettes in the dance studio. I was intimidated by sports. And I found that I had absolutely no coordination once you threw a ball into the competition. So out were softball, volleyball, soccer, and pretty much every other sport.

I swam during the summer and for my high school, and I started running in junior high, but just to lose enough weight to stop my period (I was a tad anorexic). I continued jogging and swimming through college into early adulthood. But just to stay in shape. Not to push myself.

And then an odd thing happened.

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Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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  1. You mean that’s 26.2 miles… I am guessing it was just a typo!

  2. thoroughly enjoyed this read, being a 27yr just getting into trail running and absolutely loving it, very inspiring :)

  3. This was very inspiring. It makes me want to take on something, and push myself more. As being someone who is afraid of failure, it’s sometimes hard for me to set large goals for myself…so maybe I will start with something small. Run to THAT stoplight, run to the next tree, and so on and so forth until I make it to the end. Just keep pushing.

    Thank you for this post! It was great!

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