I hope someone started singing HSM in their head when they read that title.
Hi hello! This can be considered the very first and very official post here on Run Wild && Be and that is a little bit terrifying but also very exciting. Some people may have been seeing some posts pop up on their Facebook or Instagram feeds from me in the past few months from a weebly account. These were small moments I was sharing in a particular creative experiment with myself. I tend to be a bit of an over-committer and an under-follow-througher but had been facing an internal desire to create more. So I started a free blog and began posting whenever it felt right. It was a lot of fun and it was exciting to see a productive space for the photos and stories I have been wanting to share.
As a few months passed and I was still using the platform I decided if my commitment held up I would purchase a domain name in a few more months. But something shifted and molded prior to the passing of a few months. You can read about that HERE. Essentially, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of female athlete voice within our communal space. Of course it is not absent, it is there, but the time dedicated and space allowed for it is like a tiny chicken nugget compared to our male counterparts. I believe all our stories and experiences are valid and so, without taking anything away from the male experience, I simply am more interested in the female perspective. A major piece of this is my longing to hear the stories of women who historically created space for female runners. I wanted to read and see and hear everything they were compelled to share. But furious searches on amazon and the googs provided me about 4 books. That's it. In the 50 years that women have been running publicly in the US, I could find 4 books. I don't know, that just really doesn't make sense to me.
And so I wrote that post, thought about Kathrine Switzer a lot, and spouted my rumbling ideas off to Brian for the next few nights. Then, suddenly at some point last week I was hit with a few mega-wow moments.
1. If the space doesn't exist in the capacity I wish, I should cultivate it myself.
2. I should interview my mom, she was a young woman who loved long distance running only a few years after that fateful Boston marathon.
3. This could be a space for storytelling, training ideas, experiences, photos, books clubs!!
And so I quickly bought the domain name, started reorganizing the pieces I had already shared, and began preparing new content. And now here we are!
I recognize that we are not all runners or women or passionate about the intersection of females in sport, freedom in the run, and feminism. That's all wonderfully fine. Some days there may be a resounding expression here that connects with you and others it may not. I am aiming to keep this less day-to-day food/fitness bloggy and more generalizable content that we can share together. I don't think y'all hearing about the number of cups of coffee I drink per day and the amount of times I think about eating ice cream really need to be glorified and solidified on the internet. Unless people are interested in that in which case I can keep a tally.
As a huge consumer of our outdoors I believe in cultivating conversation around protection, conservation, movement, and women within our mountains, deserts, and oceans. I have been feeling pushed to create a space where stories about running, outdoors, activism, and creation could be shared from the lens of a gal. And so, here we are and here we go.