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Monday, March 14, 2011

Someone Slap Me

The other day, someone asked me if I am a runner. I replied yes, and then said, "I know I don't look like a runner."

Ummmm, what? As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I wanted someone to slap me. And I am not one for violence. In fact, our house is a no spanking, no slapping, no hitting zone.

I don't have abs like Shalane Flanagan's, a booty like Kara Goucher's or legs like Paula Radcliffe's. Because of running, I do have a smaller booty, sweet definition in my legs and am working on the abs. But what really matters is I am blessed with a strong, healthy body that allows me to be a runner.

And for the record, I do look like a runner. If you've spent much time wandering around the running blogosphere or have lined up next to hundreds (or thousands) of runners at the starting line of a race, you've seen proof that I look like a runner. And you look like a runner.

So if those words ever come out of my mouth again, someone please slap me. And if I ever hear one of you say you don't look like a runner, watch out!










Shalane Flanagan & Kara Goucher
Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

16 comments:

  1. I'm swinging & slapping right now!!

    come. freaking. on.

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    say that again.

    you. are. runner. hear. you. run.

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  2. those abs scare me anyway. we totally look like runners!

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  3. You are awesome. Great post. And for the record, I think you absolutely look like a runner!

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  4. Ummm I still remember your pictures from Hawaii. You look like a runner.
    But it's easy to get down on ourselves. I know. But I like how you focussed on the positives like being healthy and strong!

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  5. When I look at abs like that I feel sorry for those girls because there's no way they ever get to eat anything unhealthy and delicious. Or, maybe that's what I like to think! : )

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  6. I hate that when I tell people I'm a runner they look at me like I'm lying. Just because I'm overweight doesn't mean I can't run farther and longer than these lazy, skinny girls.

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  7. You definitely look like a runner and you are right... there is no "one" runner look. There are so many types! I have a blog post tomorrow on a very similar topic... people are too hard on each other and too hard on themselves. You rock! Virtual slap... then virtual hug. :)

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  8. Girl, you totally look like a runner!!

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  9. Consider yourself slapped!! You are a runner!

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  10. Great post! I have to agree with you! Although I wouldn't mind having some abs likes Shalene's.. :)

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  11. Those are some pretty awesome abs. :)

    You are a runner. I am a runner. Never underestimate the running girl who is on the heavy side. Or the running senior who has a head full of gray hair trotting around in her slightly osteoporosis-looking back. Both of them have outran before!

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  12. I've been passed by enough old heavy people that I know ANYONE can be a runner (or triathlete!) - you just have to be able to get out there and do it!! :D

    Isn't that what's so great about it all? We are one big family and we are all a little different.

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  13. So true! Runners come in all shapes and sizes for sure.

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  14. Love this entry. I feel like many of us "stereotype" what a runner should be. Fast, thin..etc. etc.. We all have to kick ourselves, slap etc when we do this!!

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