It’s not how you look Its how you feel

If you are like me, you stress out enough just to drag yourself out of bed in the early hours to get that run in. You may only find time to run during your lunch hour, after work, during your kids baseball practice or even after your favorite T.V. show. So who really has the time to look glam and really who gives a shit.

I remember the first time I ran the Princess Half Marathon. Waiting in line at our resort to board the shuttle to the start I noticed a woman who was decked out for a night on the town. I looked at her perplexed. She was in her mid 50s, manicured and covered in full makeup, I mean like she was ready to take the stage at the Met to sing her aria. I kept thinking to myself, “Honey that makeup is going to slide off your face with each and every mile that by the time you cross the finish line not only will nobody care that your lipstick is on but you will be thanking God that you finished!”

Then we have the Barbie dolls. You know the ones. Fake boobs, colored hair (blonde of course) and botoxed to the max. Their hair is in a perfect ponytail , ribbon and all. Of course they never sweat it would be a sacrilege. By the way, we all know you had plastic surgery. Its like the toupee. Go natural and stop trying to hide your flaws.

Then there is me. I am the one that looks like road kill after a run. Sweaty, panting, rash and all, can’t wait to jump in the shower and thank god I can stop and go to Starbucks.

I use to feel a bit self conscious. Running along A1A or the beach, instead of focusing on my run I was either fixing my hair, tugging on my clothes, making sure my sports bra didn’t suffocate me and the “girls are staying in place”, adjusting my watch (yes I did get one Do I know how to use it? No not really but it looks cool), my Galloway Run/ Walk / Run Timer (did it just vibrate? is it time to run or walk?) and checking my compression sleeves (yes Kellie those sleeves are your fault because I do love them more than my husband on most days)

What is wrong with the above picture? Anyone anyone Bueller? We do not appreciate our surroundings. We do not really listen to our bodies Yes get those earphones out of your ears and really listen. The joy of running along the beach and listening to the waves in those early morning hours. My body telling me “You can do it Just take your time” and having a conversation with your running partner or even yourself (not to the point that you belong on a Subway platform and people are staring at you like your a nut)

Forget your worries and enjoy. I am guilty of thinking about the laundry that has to get done, what to cook for dinner, what needs to be cleaned and silly items such as “did we run out of toilet paper”

The other day I ran with my friend Jessica along with my 12 year old son who took the above photo. On the way back and almost done with our run. We stopped in our tracks and just stared out towards the Atlantic Ocean in awe of the beauty of the sunrise. The beauty..not the beautiful made up runners but the beauty of our environment.  What a way to finish our training run sweaty and with my ugly runner’s face.  At that moment I did not care what I looked like. I was proud of us that we finished our run and could not wait to continue our training to run the Disney Marathon.

This is your life everyone. Enjoy it and more importantly have fun. Appreciate life and really take in your surroundings!

Happy running and have a great Fourth of July!

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One thought on “It’s not how you look Its how you feel

  1. CarynW

    Love it! I, too, sport the “roadkill” look by the time I finish a run. Since I’ve typically just beat out every ounce of stress in my body, though, I really don’t care what I look like!
    Also, I used to be one of those runners with the headphones, just trying to get through my workout so I could be done. I had a race planned, during which we weren’t allowed to wear headphones, so I started training without them and all of a sudden, something just clicked. I started paying attention to how my body felt, what my form was like, how much time it had taken me on that last 1/4 mile interval… wow, THAT’S what running is supposed to feel like! It wasn’t just a workout to get through anymore, it was sanity! Sometimes you need to tune into you and your surrounding to REALLY tune out the stuff that NEEDS to be tuned out (does that make sense?)!

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