I am currently training for the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon with my sister (Katie) and a friend. When I don't have a race in the near future, I just imagine that a marathon or half marathon is coming up for me to train for, and I usually find one to sign up for. All of my family runs (both of my parents, my sister, and my two brothers).
Running is my passion, my joy, my life. I'm not fast, but that isn't what it's about. Running gives me a chance to relax, unwind, think, and just feel good. The runner's high is an amazing thing that everyone should experience. It's a great way to stay/get fit, but I also want to use this blog to keep me in check to not neglect my stretching and strength workouts. Running is a sport about self improvement. It is about inspiration.
Okay, so I don’t have a problem with people who have above average sized breasts. I really don’t. As I runner, I wouldn’t want them because I think it would be insanely uncomfortable.
What bothers me the most is that I always see pictures of some really skinny “fit” or “healthy” girl with huge breasts. She has a waist that is incredibly small and boobs as big as Texas. All I ever think is that she got implants. It may not always be true, but in general, woman with really low body fat don’t have boobs that big. Yes, some women carry weight differently, but that disproportionate seems unlikely.
It is that individual’s body. She has the right to do whatever she wants. But to make that look seem normal or somehow ideal gives off a bad body image in my mind. Healthy is letting your body carry its weight naturally. Healthy is eating right and exercising regularly. I wish these images of disproportionate women weren’t out there, because I think it gives off the wrong idea. Why does someone need implants? Healthy does not mean having the idealized body of an abnormally small waist and huge breasts. I wish people would stop posting those pictures like they were a good thing and an example to strive for.
For now, I can only unfollow the blogs that post those items, but I wish they could just be eliminated from the sight. Show strong and healthy women, not a fake one.
This summer, I vow to do core, strength, and speed training. I will run, of course, but I will also diversify my life to be healthier. It will be hard, but I know it is worth it. I need to develop sustainability. So this summer, I will be well-rounded. I will strive for excellence!
These comments make sense if you consider them from the perspective of a non-runner, but how are we to respond? How can we justify loving a sport that other athletes view as punishment?
From their perspective, it seems ludicrous to spend all this time trying to get good at what other athletes are forced to do when they are bad.”
When we run, we are free from our problems. I feel as though I don’t need to worry about life and I also find a new sense of clarity that makes life perfectly worry-free. Running is the cure. running is my cure.