June 23 2017
In honor of Title IX's 45th anniversary, three women share their stories with high school and college athletics during the law's early days.
One of my first jobs out of college was for a major running shoe company as a technical representative. The job involved a lot of talking about running and a lot of driving. For the first couple of months I struggled to fit in running. It sounded crazy to others—how can you work for a running company and not have time to run? I was working when runners weren’t, so the times that I had to run were completely different from those I had been accustomed to. When I wasn’t working an event, at a fun run, or at a running specialty store, I was traveling to and from those places/events. It sounded like the ideal job to fit in lots of miles, but it was the opposite.
On the recommendation of a friend I created a “running locker” for my car. It was only then that I was able to start squeezing in my runs and train the way I wanted to. Learning to squeeze things in ended up being excellent training for what it has been like to train for marathons while raising three kids.
My first locker was a giant plastic bucket in the back of my SUV. I was single, had a large car and space wasn’t an issue. As my family has grown and the space I have in our car has dwindled I moved to a duffel bag. I now have progressed to smaller bags, that only hold the essentials. My current favorites are the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport™ Shoe Locker and Fitness Locker.
Have you ever been on a solo drive or even with a friend and spotted an excellent place to run? Before I had my back-up running gear, I’d think, I wish I had packed some running clothes. Sure I could have thought ahead, but I didn’t know I was going to want to run or that I would find time or a spot to run. Always having running gear in the car meant that I didn’t have to think about whether I was going to run that day. If I wanted to, I had the option of doing so because the gear was there.
These days I find myself using my back-up gear during my kids’ sports practices. I love hanging out chatting with other parents during the practices, but sometimes I show up and none of my mom friends are there, so rather than read a book or waste time on the internet, I change in my car and go for a short run.
Keeping what I need in small bags vs a duffel bag means that I can grab my gear at any time and shove it in to my backpack or bring the sweaty clothing inside after the run and switch it out for a new outfit, while leaving my shoes in the car for another day.