I’m an eighth grade runner and I used to win all the races, including against the boys. All of a sudden some of the boys are growing muscles while I’m growing stuff that jiggles. It’s causing me to be really down on being a girl. What can I do? I really love competition.
Duster, age 13 (female, track)
Well, here’s the thing, boys are growing in ways that boys do at that age… Building muscle for strength.
Girl’s bodies have a different agenda. Though women’s bodies exceed men’s in stamina and in other cool ways, they are also preparing for the possibility of motherhood. Including the stuff that jiggles as you say. But honestly, as a husband of 35 years to a strong woman with curves and father to two girls, Woodski says women’s bodies are a miracle. I hope you’re always proud to live in one.
That said, we all need to make adjustments. Have you found a good sports bra that fits you well while running? Are you eating a balanced diet every day? If you try to get rid of those curves by restricting food or by over training, your performance will suffer in the end. Be proud of your athletic skills, be an excellent teammate, and ask for help when needed.