My track team at West Point had an unofficial motto, “If you can haul it, you can have it!” As Army girls, we were required to do pushups, pullups, march with heavy rucksacks, and perform other physical tasks that most civilians in running programs didn’t have to do. All this work made us very strong, but also made us look very big and muscular. Standing on the starting line at competitions we always felt beefy compared to the other college runners. Our team captain, a sprinter who happened to be a multiple league champion, had a booty beyond compare. And since she could haul it, well, she certainly showed everyone that she could have it.
During the Boston Marathon, the announcers made much of statistics showing the top runners have grown shorter and lither through the years. Runners are tiny people?
I’m 5’2″. Over the years, I’ve had multiple people comment about how difficult it must be for me to keep up with people who have long legs. Have you ever heard someone say about someone else, “Shouldn’t she be smaller since she runs so much?” Or the reverse, “Look how thin she is! She runs too much.”
Clearly there is some image people have in mind for what a runner looks like. What is it? Do you look like a runner?