My New Hero

On her feet for 13 hours. Talking. Without food, water or bathroom breaks.

All Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had was her conviction, the support of a raucous gallery and her Mizuno Wave Rider shoes to carry her through an epic filibuster effort to block a bill that would impose new abortion restrictions throughout the state.

WendyDavisGet that woman a damn shoe contract, stat.

As I laid in bed at 11:30 p.m. last night, switching back and forth between the live feed from Austin (which, was not picked up by any of the 24-hour news networks — TOTAL FAIL, guys) and the Twitter feed (#standwithwendy), I was completely inspired. And riveted. And enraged. And inspired once again.

Davis was on her feet talking — coherently! — for the same amount of time it took me to run all three of my marathons combined. (At least when you’re running a marathon, you get to eat Shot Bloks and bananas and drink water and Gatorade, right?) She is the first person in her family to graduate from college (first in her class at TCU) and went on to earn a law degree from a little place called Harvard.

So it should come as no surprise that Davis is a runner.

Whatever your politics, you have to respect what Wendy Davis did — and the physical and emotional sacrifice she made for something she believes in. Besides, isn’t that what we, as runners, are all about? — Mags


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