I stumbled across this article this morning and love it! I think it is safe to say all of us, runners or not, feel self-conscious about something.
I loved reading the captions for each picture because they are 100% realistic. Every body is shaped differently and looks different, but that does not mean you are any less of a runner or athlete.
As a child I HATED my legs. They were too skinny, they looked like twigs, and I always felt insecure about them.
As an adult I have learned to appreciate them (most of the time). I am 5’7″ and wish I were shorter. I love wearing heels, but hate towering over people. I know I am not the only person who feels like this though.
As a runner and avid exerciser, I have NEVER had a six-pack. Do I want one? Absolutely. I have just never had one.
The first thing to go as far as exercising for me is core work. During the school year I become so busy, and after running for 1-2 hours a day, walking Charlie, and doing strength training, core work often gets skipped.
I love the following picture because it was right after a half-marathon PR and a fabulous weekend, but I also dislike it because I see a “flabby” stomach.
I have been doing core work every other day this summer, not to just tone my stomach, but to help my running.
Two years ago at the Rock ‘n’ Roll half in Chicago I wore pink spandex shorts and a tank top. I thought it looked good, and I’m sure it was just fine, but at one point I overheard to women running behind me saying “her shorts are a little tight and are not flattering“.
It is something that has stuck with me for two years. I don’t obsess about it, but it definitely makes me even more self-conscious when I wear shorts.
The main point I am trying to make- words hurt people, so keep things positive. Don’t judge people who are trying to make a difference.
I think complete any race is a big deal, so be happy for yourself and do not let others ruin the experience for you!