CRAPPY READER RACE PICS
Normally I share the crappy race pics in my READER ROUNDUP posts, but I thought this email from reader Cheryl was funny and inspiring so I wanted to share it right away:
“This picture will be 10 years old when I run Houston again this January. It is the finish of my first half marathon which took place exactly one week after the very dramatic break up of my boyfriend that I was just sure was THE ONE (in hindsight, wow…so not) but I spent the week leading up to the race emotionally and physically draining myself, rehashing the whole ridiculous relationship and its’ subsequent demise.”
“The race itself was very empowering, a reminder that I am stronger than I realize at times and I don’t need anyone but myself (and faith) to do whatever I set my mind to.”
“So I was emotional that day at the finish and certainly fatigued, but this is my arms up ‘Yea, I made it!’ pose… except my arms aren’t really up and clearly I’m far enough beyond the finish line to go ahead and stop running and put my arms down. And what am I looking at?!”
“My friends and I have continued to make fun of this classic for years, including one of my friends creating a photoshopped version with me, Frankenstein, a bear, and a robot all crossing a finish line together all in similar poses…. may be one of my favorite things ever.”
“Finishing that race, ugly as it was, was a big turning point in my running as well as my growing up in life so I love it, even if it is a crappy picture.”
How awesome is that?! Love when you can laugh at yourself and take something serious away from it too.
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