I was reading my Runner’s World Magazine yesterday, when a news story caught my attention. They interviewed Nina Kuscsik, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1972 (she had unofficially run Boston in 1969, 1970, and 1971, but women runners were not accepted into the race until 1972.)
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Q: What do you remember most about the 1972 race?
A: I had diarrhea. I worried that when people stopped clapping after I passed, it was because of what they saw. After the race, the press asked me, “What did this race prove to you?” I said, “I’ve got guts.” And once I said guts, I thought, I have guts. Everybody knows that now.
~Runner’s World, May 2012, pp. 102, interview by Meghan G. Loftus