The Story Behind Dirty Girl Running – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 25th
So how exactly was Dirty Girl Running born…. Well, it all started on a cold winter evening in east central Minnesota. I was trying to come up with a good name for my Facebook athlete page where I planned on posting most of my running statuses since it’s apparently a big Facebook faux pas to brag about your daily workouts. I wanted something that fit with my personality. I’d be lying if I said I might have also been a little tipsy at the time.
I’d just signed up for a Tough Mudder and had recently been getting back into trail running. I didn’t want to be just another running blog. Then I remembered something my track coach had said to me many, many years ago. I’d just ran a very crowded 1600. I’d actually set a new PR despite getting boxed in a few times. My coach came over to congratulate me. Then he told me I ran dirty. At that point, he was talking about what he liked to call “running like a soccer player.” He used to ride me about it all the time. When I started to get crowded during a race, the soccer player liked to come out. The elbows would come up, and I’d start weaving through the crowd to get a better position. I couldn’t run in a straight line to save my life. I might have also cut off another runner or two in my day. And if I got pissed off during a run, watch out.
Now that my racing etiquette is in check (unless you’re a group of walkers that lines up at the front of the race and insists on walking 5 people across, then prepare to be trampled), I run dirty in a different way. I’m not afraid to go out there and get a little messy. I love the mud and the trails. I’m a dirty girl and proud of it! Dirty Girl Running was born. The world will never be the same again.