Weekly Roundup: October 25, 2019

Just in time for Halloween weekend, it seems that the weather has cooled down everywhere but Palm Springs (which is also where I happen to be writing from this week). Either way, the world turns and the running news keeps on churning. Here are my notable links from this week.

Check it: This week’s Fast Women newsletter with Toronto Marathon results and a review of women-specific racing news and updates. Not in that newsletter (but expect it to be in the next), Shalane announced her retirement from competition. Thanks for literally everything, Shalane.

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Although I’m pretty busy mourning Shalane’s retirement, I am hopeful this means she’ll have more time for writing cookbooks. And, I hope that this means that every women’s distance running event will have the coverage it needs with Shalane at the helm.

IAAF announced testosterone limits for women athletes whilst effectively banning transwomen athletes from competition: the IAAF will “no longer recognize trans women athletes as female by law. Those competitors will now have to submit a signed declaration of their gender identity along with proof that their testosterone concentration has remained under the limit for a period of 12 months prior to competing.” This is problematic in all of the ways, not the least of which is how it reinforces gendered and artificial stereotypes about what it means to be a women athlete. But, in a completely unnecessary step, this rule that requires 12 months of “compliance” and refuses to call trans women “women athletes.” This is inherently dehumanizing, regardless of what you think about every woman’s right to compete.

ICYMI, Maggie Guterl won Big’s Backyard Ultra, running 250 miles to be the overall winner of the “last person standing” style race. Simply epic.

Two good women-centric articles with nutrition and period advice were published this week, informed by or written by scientist Stacey Sims. Sims’s book Roar was a total game-changer for me as I realized how much of the exercise and nutrition science women have been told to abide by for decades had been informed by research done largely on young, white men. As Sims says, “women are not small men.” I read the science behind every new “finding,” and go directly to the participants – if they aren’t like me, I take that research with a grain of salt.

Jill Homer talks about the ever present question “why?” as she discusses her training to trek across Alaska in 2020. As some who was in Alaska for a week and fell completely in love – I get it.

In the world of FKTs, my particular interest, I love this recap from Renee Elsdon Jacobs of her California 14ers speed record. A huge, huge accomplishment!

Seems like there is a lot of FKT news this week. Blaine Hoppenrath announces her FKT attempt of the Arizona Trail (AZT). In doing so, she discusses one of my least favorite parts of an FKT attempt: being required to announce the attempt prior to beginning. Ain’t no hiding failure.

Speaking of FKT attempts, I’ve decided to reschedule my Camino de Costa Rica out of the rainy season to make the attempt less . . . miserable and so I can hopefully find more support through sponsorships and grants. As I mentioned in my first post about running across the USA, I’m not going to limit myself by setting unrealistic time frames – if I don’t have what I need to make it a success, I’ll reschedule until I do. It’s looking like February-March 2021 for the reschedule date. Instead, I’ll attempt an FKT of the Golden Spoke Trail (a 100+ mile trail in northern Utah) while I get in some altitude train and writing this December.

Feels like a slower new week since no records were broken – or were they, and I missed them? What is on your mind this week?

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021 to raise money for Girls on the Run. Next challenge: Pinhoti FKT. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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