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Posts by Kathrine Switzer

Official at Last: The Year That Changed Everything

On the eve of the 2012 Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer– the first woman to officially enter and run the race– celebrates the 40th anniversary of the year that changed everything. To my regular readers and friends, my apologies: I haven’t written a blog in almost two years. In many ways, these have been the most…Read More

Radio (and coffee) as an important race tool

  I HATE getting up really early. So much so that 30 years ago, when I last took myself seriously as a runner, I often vowed that there would come a day when I would not have to get up at the crack of dawn to train. My favorite races were always those that started…Read More

Boston Brilliant! Now on to the Illinois Marathon!

The Boston Marathon last week was brilliant; it always is, no matter what the outcome. Has anyone ever left Beantown the day after the race and not been awestruck? This year, thanks to a sunny cool day and a wind that became a tailwind at half way, there were hundreds of PRs.  The first one…Read More

Boston. Boston! BOSTON!!!

For the last 44 years, my heart rate begins to go up starting with the first day in April.  By now, April 10, I also feel anxious and edgy.  By the time I get to downtown Boston and see the banners fluttering and a big gold and blue FINISH painted on Boylston Street, I will…Read More

Long Live These Endorphins!

Just for the record, the endorphins are still surging from finishing the Mototapu Icebreaker Marathon last week! I can’t wipe the grin off my face, and to tell you the truth, this feels almost as good as seeing a book you’ve been writing for years finally published. When it’s been a long time, and in…Read More

DID IT!!!!

Dear Friends–after 34 years, I did my first marathon distance at the Mototapu Icebreaker in the South Island of New Zealand    ( and let me say, I was a bit out of my mind to choose one of the hardest endurance races in New Zealand: through the mountainous high country, carrying a pack, 28…Read More

Rekindling the Fire

I’ve been running for 50 years.  It staggers the imagination. Even mine! That’s an awful lot of miles, and since I do my best thinking on the run, that’s a lot of contemplation. I’ve put many of those thoughts and ideas into three books, hundreds of speeches, more business proposals than I want to remember,…Read More