It has been a lot of fun for me researching books about running and amazing runners. I got really gitty when I came across "Marathon Crasher" by David Davis- a biography about Merry Lepper, the FIRST American woman to run a marathon! I am always amazed at the strength of women! We truly have done so much in history and in the present! I am thrilled to see what the future holds for us!
You can read Marathon Crasher with me this month! It is the bonus book of the month! You can read it for only $1.00! Which is another reason why it came up next on my read list! :) Here's a little preview of the book:
"At a time when television was pushing male-dominated sports coverage into living rooms across America, women were struggling just to set foot onto the playing field. Barred from officially registering for long-distance running competitions, some women ran anyway, defying the authorities and the rules. Still, no American woman had ever successfully completed sports' ultimate endurance test: the marathon.
That changed in December of 1963, when Merry Lepper became the first. Leaping out of her hiding place in the bushes at the start of the race, dodging cars and infuriated race officials, Merry Lepper challenged the status quo and defeated it, years before the ban on female competitors would be revoked. This is the story of the arduous journey women distance runners had to endure to reach equality with men, and the story of how one woman overcame tremendous hurdles to fulfill a shared dream, paving the way for generations of female marathon runners to come."
If the preview alone didn't get you thrilled about reading this book, you can get a bit more information about the author and this story by checking out this short article written in 2012 by Runner World Magazine:Mary Lepper-The First Woman Marathoner.
"Lepper never ran another marathon. She moved away from her training group to attend college, eventually completing a PhD in ecology. Two decades later, she also received a degree in veterinary medicine. Now 69, she lives with her husband deep in the mountains on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Her big passion in life is horse-riding."
This book review will be available in a couple of weeks when I finish the book! If you have read this book and want to share your insights, please feel free to share them in the comments section! If you have any other good reads to share, please share them as well! Don't forget to follow me on IG for more running inspiration: @she.runs.this.world
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I love to read! Education is such a powerful thing! I didn't know there were so many running books out there! I decided I would read 1 book a month and share it with my followers. I would love to hear about books that you have read that inspire you on your fitness journey. Share in the comments and don't forget to follow me on social media to know when a review is up and ready to read!