Personal Growth

We can be our own worst critics, don’t fall into the trap

Many times, we are often more critical of ourselves, forgetting to see the big picture. Last week I received the link to my FREE race photos from the Oshkosh Half Marathon. Yes!  Free race pics!  It’s not often that I actually get race pictures that I like, let alone ones I would want to pay for!  So when I saw that these ones were free, I had hope.

I hated them!
I looked like I was dying!
I saved off a few of them and posted them to one of the Facebook running groups that I follow, to share my “Pathetic” pictures.
After a few comments from other group members I stopped and realized I fell into the trap. I looked at those pics and saw every flaw.  But now I decided that I needed to share these here also.  We all need to remember that one picture, one moment, one day, does not define who we are.  It is just one grain of sand that is part of the beauty that is created by the beach!
I saw the pounds that I put on when I was sick earlier this year.

 

I looked exhausted.  My shirt kept crawling up…

 

I knew how much my feet and legs just wanted to be done.

 

I was missing the bigger picture.
I was a runner
I was strong and determined.
Only I knew how hard I’ve worked to get to where I was
I’m a mom, a wife, a sister and a friend.
Oh yeah… I actually have pretty good running form (thanks Nate and Lisa for helping with that over the years with those Running Assessments!)
After stopping to think about it, I really have a better appreciation for these pictures.
5 years ago, I couldn’t run a mile, now I’m training for my first Ultra Marathon.
I have a family that supports my running adventures (yes they often think I’m crazy, but they still support my crazy ideas, dreams and desires)
I have met some of the best friends I could ask for because of these running adventures.
I may never get that “perfect” race photo, but each “imperfect” one helps to remind me how far I’ve come. I will probably never win a race, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about being true to myself, running MY race and pushing myself to be the best version of me that I can be!
Don’t get so focused on the little details that you forget to see the whole story!  You are stronger than you give yourself credit for!

 

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