You Are a Beautiful Runner: Me Playing Nice

Husband pointed out that my last few posts about childhood obesity and gym nastiness were pretty harsh, and that I might want to “nice things up a bit”.  It’s not that I’m not a nice person, because I am.  Ask my mom.  I guess the thing is, when I am passionate about something – I’m not one to beat around the bush.  I don’t see the point.  Anywho – on to the nice.

First up – the photo above is huh-larious.  I tried and tried to find the original source and I cannot because it’s been reposted so many times.  As it should be.  If you are the mastermind behind this creation, please give me a shout and I’ll give you the cred you are due.

Secondly – I hear these words all the time “I hate running outside.  I feel like I look so stupid and I’m going so slow.  People are probably thinking ‘What is she doing out there?”

Here’s what I have to say to that: There are three kinds of people that will pass you by.:

1.  Runners in a car: “Work it, momma!  That hill is a beast! So glad my run is over for the day.  When can I run again?”

2.  Runners running: “Hi.  This sucks doesn’t it?  But so awesome.  Have a good run.”

3.  Non runners: “I should be doing that.  But it looks hard.  I should not do that.”

Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.  Which group do you want to be a part of?  Me?  I’d rather be standing at the top of the hill that I just dominated, unable to breathe, ready to puke, hair matted to my forehead and boob sweat on my shirt than at the bottom wondering what it would feel like.

In the beginning, there is no “wrong way” to run.  Just put one foot in front of the other.  Once you get used to the way the air feels in your lungs and realize the soreness of your unused muscles isn’t any injury, then start worrying about technique and form. Whether you take 5 steps or go for 5 miles, you are a runner.  And you are a beautiful runner.  You look determined, you look focused, you look a little crazy, but most importantly you look STRONG. And the only people who think otherwise are the ones standing at the bottom of the hill.

Original Image by © Bernd Vogel/Corbis

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How’s THAT for nice?!  Go get you some!