February 15, 2015.
The day after Valentine’s Day. Exactly 10 months after I pushed an 8 pound, 7 oz baby from my body. It’s also the day I ran my first Half Marathon! I say “first” because I.WILL.DO.IT.AGAIN. My friend ran the full marathon, she’s crazy, she’s also pictured below. I ran the half, therefore I’m only half crazy. Logic enough…moving on!
It was so amazing. 15,000 people gathered in downtown Austin to run, sweat and cuss together. I felt pretty darn good around mile 6 and I thought maybe I won’t turn off at mile 10 for the half and I’ll keep trucking along with my friend and run all 26.2 miles. This was a fleeting thought and then I came to my senses. I gave her a hi-5 at the split and went on my jovial way to the finish line….duces sucker! I say that with love. She knows I’m in awe of her and think she’s awesome!
When I run, I look at the road about 10 feet in front of me. So this means I saw 13.1 miles of calfs. All kinds of calfs show up to run a marathon and for your reading pleasure I’ll give you a glimpse into my mind while staring at them:
-Wow, those calfs are shiny.
-She has perfect calfs, I wished my calfs liked like that.
-Ewww, he needs to wax. I wonder if his bed is covered in body hair.
-Those socks are awesome.
-What a cool tattoo…I want a tattoo.
-I don’t get that tattoo.
-I think those are the biggest calfs I have ever seen.
-That chick is barefoot. She looks like a hippie, she needs a hula-hoop.
Don’t judge me. I was running and the blood was flowing to my legs not my brain. After 10 miles I was tired so it was perfect timing when I saw my husband and girls right after the split; their cheering was a very appreciated boost to finish the last 3 miles. I saw my daughter waving at someone other than me and I thought who in the world would my 7 year old daughter know running in a marathon. It turns out her teacher was in front of me and I spend the next 3 miles stalking the ladies with long brown hair; I never found her.
Take a look at your calfs. They are yours and no matter what thought is running through your head, I hope you find them beautiful. We are so judgmental and usually our toughest critique, I know I am. You may look at your body right now and think you’re too big or thin and want to change it. That’s ok! There is no harm in wanting to be healthy but first we have to get our brains healthy. We have to be able to look at ourselves and not hate what we see. We have to love ourselves before we can truly love others. You are beautiful. Smile and be happy today.
Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.