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Thank You Gloria Steinem – by Catherine Dubay

This one’s for the girls.

Thank you Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine, my mom and all those powerful ladies of the 1970s who made it possible for women to have equal access to education, careers, sports and pretty much anything else that seemed out of reach to females 40 years ago.

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I knew we had come a long way when my kids (18 and 15-year-old females) didn’t think anything of Hillary Clinton possibly being our first female president. The fact she is a woman candidate for president is not a big deal to their generation. That’s how far we have come.

This is all good, right? We can have it all. A career, a family, a sport, a clean tidy house, well planned meals, perfectly crafted dinner parties and themed birthday parties for our kids. How is this working out for all of you? Do you wake up and thank women’s liberation every single day for allowing you to live a life of opportunity and endless options?

I do not mean to be ungrateful for the work of these ladies. I am so thrilled my children think nothing of gender when they think of Hillary as president. I know my success as a runner is owned in many ways to title IX which allowed females equal options for sports in school. There are so many reasons women’s rights are important. What I struggle with is the rat race I see so many women living trying to manage all these opportunities.

Just because we CAN have it all does not mean that we should have it all. We are told to find balance and let’s face it ladies, balance is for scales and not living life. There is no such thing. Balance is defined “as a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” Ha! That’s funny. I run and I run well. Therefore, I do not cook well. Nor do I work well in my yard. There is no balance between my sport and my domestic skills.

I work full time therefore I do not volunteer in the classroom or boardroom or anywhere for that matter. I used to volunteer and sit on a couple of boards. But I couldn’t do it all. I will again someday. I never did do crafty birthday parties or handmade invitations or cupcakes from scratch. But I did dress up as a fortune teller at the birthday party and read the futures of 10-year-old girls. That is not balance. My scale tips over to one side all the time and this is to the side of things that matter the most to me. Is that wrong?

To my female running friends; let’s make a pact. We shall run and while we run not feel bad that we are missing our kid’s sporting event. We shall watch our kid’s sporting events and not feel bad that we are not running. We will enjoy alone time with our spouses/partners and not feel guilty that we are not watching our kids sporting events or running.

Thanks to the generation before us for opening up so many opportunities for women. It is our responsibility to figure out how to enjoy those opportunities and not allow them to become burdens.

Run on my friends and enjoy every moment.

Turkey Trot Fever, Oh Yeah !!

Thanksgiving Wild Turkey Ramble Training Run!

When:  November 26, 2013   8:00 AM                                                                  Location: Cobblestone Trailhead, Channel Drive, Annadel State Park

Get down and do the ever so funky Turkey Trot at the Empire Runners Club informal fun run on Thanksgiving!!!

Why do runners love to attend such an event? Is it the guilt of consuming massive amounts of turkey and perhaps tofurky later in the day? Is it that you might see the Z man in the brightest orange colored sweatshirt ever created?

2014 Empire Runners Turkey Trot
2014 Empire Runners Turkey Trot

Is it the possibility you might see Hutch’s turkey fan and stories about turkeys in Annandel?  Note that Hutch will teach you turkey calls as well, if that’s what you’re into.

We highly suggest that you memorize these fun facts about Thanksgiving before you arrive, because there will be a scantron test before you can start running.

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History                                                        (source: http://www.whsv.com/seasonal/misc/33852054.html

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  • Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.running-turkey