Love It. You Earned It.

And just like that another Monday has come upon us.  I’m not sure about you guys but this past weekend was a whirlwind that went by way too fast!  Saturday morning I started the weekend off by teaching a small group training class.  I love a good morning workout.  Then I took off with one of my Team Momentum runners to help him knock out on his last long run before the Dallas Marathon.  I absolutely love a weekend long run.

Then my husband and I spent the rest of the day at a family wedding.  What is not to love about weddings?  Food, wine, dancing, celebrating a newly married couple……I love it all.  Except I can’t dance.  But it is always a great excuse to throw on a fun dress and attempt to wear heels.

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Lately I have been trying out all sorts of new strength training workouts.  With all of the classes I am teaching and the extra personal training I do, I want to get lots of workouts in and see just what these workouts do for your body.  Well, I am pleased to say that they seem to work well.

At the reception on Saturday I caught a glimpse of me in a mirror and noticed that I have recently attained some new found arm muscles.  I am often my toughest critic when it comes to my body so it was nice to have a moment where I could have a few nice thoughts to share with myself.  Earlier that day I had noticed some fun statuses in the Pathetic Runners Group on Facebook.  Several female runners were throwing on high heels and taking pictures of their calves.  It was a celebration of their running muscles.

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I have always wanted to have skinny little legs.  But the years of figure skating, hours upon hours of strength training, and my running have just created fit muscular legs.  It is a real pain in the “you know what” when I buy jeans.  Trying pulling skinny jeans over the bulk of these calves!  But the truth is, all of my dedication to running and training has built these “forces.”

While enjoying a drink at the bar with my husband’s cousin she asked me to show her my calves.  I was half embarrassed and half amused.  But imagine my surprise when she started oohing and ahhing over my legs.  As much as I groan about how big those muscles are, she was impressed by them.  And the truth is she isn’t the first.

So why do I spend so much time beating myself up about those muscular legs?  Why do we in general constantly critique our bodies?  Don’t we have enough to stress about?  Odds are that if you are reading this blog you are a runner, are trying to become a runner, or enjoy some sort of active lifestyle.  That means you likely spend a good part of your day doing things to help improve your body inside and out.  I also know that it goes beyond just women.  Men spend just as much time criticizing their bodies and putting in endless hours working to get themselves fit.

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We work hard to get these muscles.  Many people can only wish they could run or get outside and be active.  Perhaps we can take a moment every once in awhile and just appreciate those muscles we have spent so much time working on. Those jeans are a pain for me to find not because of my love for cookies (although that doesn’t help) but instead because I log hundreds of miles and spend hours squatting and lunging.

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I went on a mission the other day to find gingerbread. And if you look closely that is a tub of icing on the counter that I HAD to add.

 

Give yourself a break and show yourself some love.  Throw some heels on and take a few moments to admire those runner legs you earned.