Today’s topic: crying. Is it ok to cry about your running? Are the standards for whether it’s ok to cry different for men and women?
In a strange tangent to last week’s Roundtable, our third-favorite running website LetsRun is once again involved in providing our inspiration while involving Kara Goucher, but this time only incidentally. In regards to Kara’s reputation for wearing her heart on her sleeve, particularly crying in public (*gasp*), the BroJos write:
Like nearly all sports websites, LetsRun.com has a majority male audience. What many male LetsRunners may not realize is that women are biologically more likely to cry as their tear ducts are smaller than men’s and thus hold less water. So when you combine that fact with the fact that so many men are taught from an early age not to cry, you soon understand why one rarely sees male athletes burst into tears after a race. [Link in original.]
Uh, thanks, guys?
Sure, running is a sport and like a majority of sports, men have generally set the rules for sportsMANship and it’s generally not considered manly to cry. But some do. If it’s physiologically impossible for women to keep their tiny tear ducts from overflowing, how come more women runners, pros or otherwise, don’t cry even in the face of disappointment and frustration? And does crying in the running arena really need some sort of physiological explanation? Is it ok for women to cry about running, but not men? So we decided to ask you: