“The Long Run”: An author processes grief and feminism through running


A woman in motion is a powerful thing. Perhaps that’s why her ability to go forward independently is always subject to concern and criticism. She walks down the street to a chorus of catcalls. She drives down the road, knowing that in other countries that right is restricted. And she runs, her sneakered feet treading a path generations of other women fought for her to pound. 

Australian writer Catriona Menzies-Pike is an unlikely marathoner. Yet in her insightful and intimate new book “The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion,” she traces her own evolution as a dedicated — if not especially athletic — runner who came to the sport during the long grieving of her parents’ untimely death. She also uses this journey into the self to explore the hidden history of women as runners — the decades of concern trolling over…



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