Weekly Roundup: November 1, 2019

It’s finally here – my favorite day of the year – November first. This is the day I wait for all year long, the day that tempts me with tantalizing teasers, yet I resist. November 1 is the day in which I can officially start to listen to holiday music.  Don’t @ me.

However, that’s not why you’re here, and most of the news this week is firmly rooted in October. So while you might expect a running Christmas playlist from me soon, today I’ll just stick with the best women’s running links from the past week.

Kicking it off, like I always do, with the Fast Women newsletter. In this edition, more about Shalane Flanagan’s retirement, Nike (oh, Nike, you used to have it all), and the weekend’s running results. Don’t forget to check out Chicory’s preview of the New York City Marathon.

Fast Women talks about this, too, but I can’t neglect sharing about Noor Alexandria Abukaram, the high school runner disqualified for wearing a hijab. I mean, seriously? The surveillance on women’s bodies is truly insane – you can’t wear too little, but you also can’t wear too much. These rules are, in writing, the same invisible ones that govern women’s appearances outside of running, too. Women are constantly barraged with symbols that tells them not to look “too much” or “too little.”

REI is launching another year of “#OptOutside” for conservation. Sassy has been leading the charge here at Salty Running to think about sustainable running, and I’m wondering if we can’t mirror these weekly and monthly suggestions with running-specific ones here?

Angela Maxwell is walking around the world for women. After she was raped early in her trek, Maxwell kept going, and looks to finish in 2020.

Amelia Boone discusses her return to racing in her Big’s Backyard Ultra race recap. One of the things I love the very most about the ultra community is how supportive it is, and Boone describes that well in her report. She also provides a good comparison of “regular” racing versus ultra racing. For another take on the race, check out this recap of Guterl’s nutrition. However, I couldn’t help but cringe at the end when the author mentioned how nice Boone and Guterl were. Seriously, can we stop expecting that women be nice (or, at least, writing that up as an important aspect of epic performances)?

Love, love, love this report on Magda Boulet’s FKT attempt. One of the things I worry about the most is how everyone who supported me will feel if I fail, and this article made me feel a bit better about it. It is still not my plan to fail, FWIW.

Speaking of epic, check out Ginnette Benard’s training plan. She is, indeed, 86 years old, and running marathons like a boss. #lifegoals

And another dose of inspiration – I loved this recap of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 40th Annual Salute to Women in Sports. 

And now, I’m off to create a list of run-appropriate holiday music. Starting with SIA, because that holiday album is literally everything.

Other suggestions?

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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  1. YES! Christmas music if fair game as soon as we get snow in this house!

    I do not like OHSAA’s rule about head wear either. I do think it should be mentioned that Noor Alexandria Abukaram’s results were reinstated after her coach supplied the correct paper work. I really hope that this rule can be eliminated, but there should not be outrage at the race director (not that you were directing it there, but the public certainly has). I really hope that Noor Alexandria Abukaram can be praised for enduring this terrible situation as it is leading to an important conversation which (I personally hope) will compel OHSAA and other athletic associations to get rid of this rule.