Today is Fun Friday, and so I can relax a bit a just be my witty self (instead of my deep-thinker self). Below is a picture that I’ve seen a number of times on Facebook. I’m not sure where it originated or I would credit the author, but the point is, the message is so true.
Which brings up one of the reasons everyone should run (or do some form of aerobic exercise)–you feel better about yourself! It really does improve your self-image (this could be considered self-delusion).
I remember running my first half-marathon in April of 2011. I’m not going to lie to you. It was HARD! I experienced a few “extenuating circumstances” which I may or may not share at another time, but for now, let me just say IT WAS HARD! When I finally crossed the finish line, a dear friend of mine, in the spirit of “the thrill of victory,” took a short video of the moment and emailed it to me. After I had rested up a bit (several hours later), I opened the email and was SHOCKED to see the old woman hobbling across the line. It looked like “the agony of defeat.” That was my moment of truth–when I realized I didn’t even vaguely resemble the woman in the top half of the picture. In fact, I didn’t resemble the girl in the bottom half of the picture, either; she has far too much energy. I looked more like this guy:
Oh well, enough time has passed since that half-marathon that I once again envision myself as some kind of super athlete when I run. In my heart of hearts, I know it’s not true. But still I let myself dream. And I always straighten up, smile and raise my arms in victory when I cross a finish line–just in case someone is taking a picture.