I slept in until almost 9am and now I'm enjoying some coffee that I've been highly anticipating since I went to bed last night. I'm also listening to my neighbor's TV as he watches Waiting to Exhale with Whitney Houston. Last night all I heard was country music from the Hillcrest Hoedown, a festival that takes place about 15 steps from my front door. You read that right, a hoe down in a predominately gay neighborhood. That means lots of boys in assless chaps, or something like that. I live in an interesting place if you haven't already surmised.
Since I've had the most amazingly lazy weekend (with the exception of a 20 miler) I had a chance to read this month's Runner's World cover to cover. It was a great issue! Let's chat about it.
The other day, I wrote about the presidential debate and talked about how there seems to be different camps even when it comes to running. Runner's World must've read my mind because this month's issue has an entire article talking about various running camps. Of course, their article was far more clever.
Sidenote: I also need to add that I wrote about how I'd love to see a debate between Scott Jurek and Dean Karnazes and this month's Competitor had a whole article about Dean in which he mentions Scott Jurek not once, but twice! He also talks about the naysayers, which I also mentioned in my blog post! Am I psychic or what??
Back to the RW article. According to RW, I am PROGRESSIVE. Yay! Since I am progressive in my political views, I thought it was only fitting that I am a "progressive" runner as well.
Speaking of progress, this month's issue also had an article about the NYC Marathon in 1972 and the six women that entered the race. Five of those six female entrants didn't actually run the race. Instead, they sat down in protest of the AAU's ridiculous anti-woman policies. These women were brave! There were only five of them yet they banded together and let their voices be heard. At this time women were still barely allowed to run in marathons. Women have obviously come a long way thanks to those that fought for our rights, but to think that women had to also fight for our right to RUN -- now that's just crazy.
Running. It's something that I definitely take for granted. Why would being a woman have any hinderance on my ability to run? The idea seems so absurd, I have never really given it much thought. But years ago, you and I, ladies, we wouldn't be able to freely sign up for races and run our hearts out. That just makes me sad. It gives me even more motivation to run. More reason to PR. Next time we run, let's all think about those women that paved the way for us on and off the track.