Im not usually a reposter but I couldn't have written this better myself.1st if you want to start or UP your running game - sign up with this woman. 2nd there's no better #fitspo out there than Rachel's authentic expression of athlete + #grownasswoman
The Easter egg hidden here? If you're still obsessing over your appearance, give your body a skill to gain and you'll quickly see your focus broaden from the toxic [ #patriarchy ]to something fuller, realer, whole.
An ode to thighs: I used to hate you. A lot. The constant chaffing, the endless stretch marks, cellulite, varicose veins, the jiggle, and a lot of squishy parts. No matter how many miles I run, or how many reps of strengthening work I try SO hard to do, it’s all still there. But two kids later, pounds lost, pounds gained (repeat cycle, repeat, etc), I have come to like you. You’ve powered me through so many races, including my obtaining a slew of PR’s (2 BQ’s-both postpartum, and I actually have WON a couple random races!); you’ve carried me though endless school and daycare pickups or when naps weren’t working out at home so I chose to walk for hours just to get my babies to sleep. On a daily basis, sometimes it’s all about squatting and lunging to lift my kids up, or picking up messes and dropped toys, over and over again. I used to try to cover you up but now I don’t have time for that, nor is it practical anymore. You power me through training others and myself. We tend to ogle over babies and toddlers that have those lovely delicious rolls upon rolls, and coo and aww when they begin to crawl and walk with their chubby bodies and squishy legs. It’s a sign of health and strength, right? As adults, don’t forget that. No matter how much jiggle you think (or know) you have (this isn’t a bad thing, we are supposed to have squishy parts!), focus on what else is there, too. You are strong. You are sturdy. So what if you have dimples and soft places. Strength isn’t defined by one body type or how much jiggle or muscle tone we may or may not have. It’s also a mindset, a mental shift, and also about embracing what is there. The whole package. 📷: @dianadaviscreative 😍#ihavearunnersbody