Fun Friday: Self Perception

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. 

what-i-look-like-running

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.

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3 Responses to Fun Friday: Self Perception

  1. Val says:

    That’s great. I love it.

  2. Christine Kamau says:

    Very true indeed! You had me laughing when i looked at “the guy” on the right hand side….

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