One of my original goals when I did the Couch to 5k program in 2009 was to achieve a runner’s body. You know the body I’m referring to: thin & muscular…or, to be honest, just thin. I come from a long line of “hardy” women. Big boned. Thick. Nothing petite about us. I lovingly(?) refer to my “hot dog fingers” and my “pork chop feet.” Images of female runners were of the sleek, thin perfect woman. I wanted that runner’s body!
Fast forward 9 years. Surprise! I haven’t achieved that runner’s body. Honestly, there have been times when I’ve been discouraged by that. What I have is my body in much better physical shape & much healthier than I ever was in my earlier years. The big bones are still there, along with the wide feet and thick fingers.
I remember 2 years ago I was at the Publix Women’s Half-Marathon/5k in Savannah. My husband was with me. Thousands of women were there. I was standing in the way-way back corral before the race & my husband told me to look around. Look at the variety of women there. All shapes and sizes. They all have a runner’s body because they are ALL runners! Thanks to him, I realized there is no ideal “runner’s body.” My body is my body. My DNA is my DNA. I have the big hands, feet and bones of my mother and my grandmother and probably great, great grandmother and so on…
The best thing I can do for my body is to love it as it is. One of the best ways to show that love it is to keep it healthy and strong. I do it through exercise, nutrition, sleep and self-care. Now that I have entered my 6th decade of life, I appreciate that more than I ever have before. Even though I still have a devil of a time finding shoes to fit my pork chop feet, I have learned to love the body I have. And hey, I realized that with these bones I don’t have to worry about osteoporosis, so there you go!