And was SORELY needed following the string of less than delightful days I seem to be having lately. Just in case any of you too happen to be in one of those anything that can go wrong will funky funks too, I thought I’d share.
As I wolfed down a turkey wrap so I could get out the door to go pick up my van which had to be towed to the dealership today after leaving my three girlies & I stranded at church yesterday because of a malfunctioning key (stupid technology. Somebody failed to think those hi tech computer chip keys all the way through I’ll tell ya.), I picked up that Runner’s World trail edition that came out fairly recently & randomly flipped to an article I hadn’t read yet. The one I stumbled upon had to do with why women are such hoss studs at trail/ultra events. Somewhere in the middle, I read this…
But in the longer races, it becomes about who can withstand the suffering and push through the pain.” Anecdotally at least, women seem to have a psychological advantage in the self-torture department. “There’s no research to suggest that men or women are stronger mentally,” says Karp. “But because they’re the ones having children, there might be an evolutionary trait that women acquired that men don’t have that allows them to endure pain.”
Talk to almost anyone in trail racing, and they’ll chime in with variations on the same theme: “I can’t say this from an expert point of view, but women seem to be able to figure out how to deal with problems as they arise,” says Jurek. “It could be a type of instinct, or intuition. Sometimes ego will get the best of men.” Or, as Meltzer puts it, “When men have a bad day, they are more likely to walk off the course. Women seem to like to finish more than men.”
Darn straight. If you’re having a day (or a few) like I’ve been having lately, take a step back and a deep breath and remember the bad mother runner you are. You. Got. This.