A tale from my high school days for a cold January:
It was a rainy winter day, and a group of us track and cross country girls spent an hour watching a video of female runners performing their sprint or distance running feats.
Our coach looked in, and was apparently very pleased at our diligence in trying to pick out the finer parts of these talented runners' performances.
Actually, we were looking at the runners' hair styles, and trying to determine which looked best when one was running. We all had longish hair and didn't want to go with a shag or a buzz cut.
Obviously, big hair was out, except perhaps in Mississippi. But we were trying to decide whether a Dutch braid, a chignon, a bun, pigtails, or a pony tail looked best on a runner.
We decided unanimously that pony tails were the way to go. It was the swaying motion that did it. After all, for running, scent is out. And so is makeup. Some of the styles considered were high maintenance, and not very practical.
Funny thing, Michelle Jenneke made a sensation at the Barcelona IAAF Championships last year, and her ponytail flip didn't hurt. Apparently, in her manic warmup routine she utilized the rythmic sway of the ponytail as an attention-drawing strategy. She runs a great 100 m. hurdle race too.
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