This 2012-2013 autoethnographic study, serving as my master’s thesis work, asks questions about: women’s initial and ongoing motivations for running; women’s varying definitions of the female running body; and the effects of running on other areas of the women’s lives, including work, family, and sport.

Women who Marathon
Poster Presentation at the 6th Annual Committee for Research on Women and Gender Conference at the University of Akron, March 14-15th, 2014.

Using a snowball convenience sampling technique, I conducted in-depth interviews with twenty women, primarily in the midwest. The women all participated in marathons (with the exception of two women who were training for their first marathon at the time of the interviews).