... & I think for good reason...
I was so excited to see it.
Even more excited when mine came in the mail on Saturday morning.
I just read the letter from the Editor this morning & was already tearing up.
Talks about 'what is healthy' & how people expect to look at a runner & expect to see only ONE body type? I don't think so...
Healthy comes in a lot of difference sizes.
Believe me, my race pictures are nothing like any of the other women that grace the cover of the running magazines...
... until now...
I saw the little interview snippet with the model on the cover & she said she's been running since she was in high school when she played volleyball. Some may look at her & not think she exercises or tries to take care of herself. They would be wrong.
I've always said that I know when people look at me, they have no idea the battle I fight. The focus I have on my food & what I can & can't eat - the struggle I have. The amount of time I put into exercising sweating & fighting to try & get down a pound or two. The work that I put into trying to be healthy.
My sweet husband sees me sweating & working out & has told me many a time, "You try so hard". I do. But I bet people that see me don't have any clue on how hard....
People pass judgements so easily on others.
So that's why I love this cover. This woman is a real size. She's proud of who she is. She's going against the norm. She's not everyone's idea of a 'runner'
This covers represents to me all the hard work that people put into working out & striving to get healthier but may not get the same results as everyone else... but that doesn't make the work any less bit of dedication.
This cover makes me smile... makes me feel like I'm ok... that I'm worthy of the title of "runner" myself.
Even at my size.
Thanks Women's Running Magazine for that boost in confidence.