Why Are American Women Running Faster Than Ever? We Asked Them — Hundreds of Them

February 28th, 2020

"More than 450 women will race in the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Atlanta on Saturday. That’s a huge number, reflecting changes in rules, innovative shoe technology and a sea change in women’s running."

“People are pushing each other to strive for bigger goals,” Meghan Bishop, a 34-year-old orthopedic sports medicine surgeon in New York City, said. The 2:42 marathoner always has a bag of running clothes with her so she can get her training in whenever possible. “Other athletes are seeing each other succeed and qualify,” she said. “If it’s something that you want bad enough, you’re going to make time for it.”

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