Today I am excited to allow my good friend, Kristin, to take over the blog. She is a no nonsense Mommy that tells it like it is. Kristin is the type of person that loves life and makes everyone around her comfortable. She's an amazing athlete, mom, wife, and friend.
I am also what you would call an "Overweight runner", my thighs are the reason for compression, and let me just tell you I am thankful for those after a long run!!! I love how cute my friends look in their ruffle butt running skirts, and one day maybe I'll wear one, but not today unless I want to spend the whole run or race picking the tights out of my crotch. I won't ever have a thigh gap. I honestly hate the Pinterest pin that says "do it for the thigh gap". My legs can deadlift 210 lbs, can carry me 13.1 miles and I am okay with my strong trunks.
So where I am going with this ramble kinda rant?
Social Media can be a great way to connect with friends and family, also a great way to stay on track with training, and finding encouragement on whatever healthy journey you are taking. But, then you have those posts that leave you reeling in frustration and stepping away from the keyboard. I recently had one of those and it truly left my head spinning in a way that I had to remember one person's opinion does not, and will not ever define who I am or what I want to do. That person posted that overweight people should not run long distance… Here is my bluntly spoken thought: SHUT THE FUCK UP! I ran a 10k race with a friend on Valentine's Day, and in that race I met the most amazing man named Casey who started running in 2011 at his heaviest weight ever. He finished his first half marathon in 4:15 a year later, and then 77 pounds lighter he finished in 3:13. This man has gone on to run a triathlon, he has lost almost 100 lbs and has made other goals to push forward to. He can be seen at most area races in Memphis and is one of the most courageous and influential people I have ever gotten to meet. I am thankful for the faith Casey has to register for a race and go run and never think of someone else’s ignorant thoughts.
Thank you so much, Kristin, for a beautifully written post. I believe anybody can be a runner, and anybody can accomplish great things! Go out and run your hiney off! I'm so proud of you!
Have you ever been in Kristin's situation?
What did you do?