Thursday, October 10, 2013

my struggle with the 13.1 stickers

Those 13.1 and 26.2 bumper stickers have always bothered me.

Running is a fantastic cardio vascular activity. It's great for your heart and lungs. It keeps your body lean and sculpts killer legs and bootie. The last place I want to be reminded that I CHOOSE NOT TO DO IT is while I'm busy driving  my 2 kiddos around, eating fast food, and running late for work. AGAIN. Your  sticker only makes me want to cut you off. Pin a rose on your nose woman! To me those stickers are a numeral way of saying I'M BETTER THAN YOU FAT HOOKER. Okay I added the hooker part because I'm snarky.

You ran a half marathon? Fantastic! You SHOULD be proud of yourself. I don't see how displaying a sticker on your car is doing anything but being boastful and prideful. Eeks am I going too far?

Maybe I allowed myself hate those stickers because not so secretly I was convicted by them.

0.0 I don't run was always the sticker I wanted. Only run when being chased. Ain't nobody got time for that. #wasteoftime

Truth be told---those stickers always make me feel inferior.
Yep, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Well my overweight self was consenting.

Those stickers made me feel like a failure more than annoyed. I allowed myself to feel the pang of guilt that whispered---she's like you--kids, job, husband, house ONLY BETTER because she takes care of her health. Comparison---the theif of joy. She runs. MILES.  Miles =A Bad Mambajamba

Could I be a runner? A bad mambajamba?

 I have legs, a brain, and hot pink running shorts.  Maybe?

I'm taking it  a half mile at a time. It's rarely pretty. But it's getting easier.

My farthest run to date is 3 miles. Dare I say I'm starting to enjoy it? RUNNING! ME!!! 0.0 girl. It's really enjoyable to leave the house and run out the stress of the day. I've struggled with anxiety for a long time. I'm  your classic worry wort. I worry about my worrying.... The evenings I set out for a jog do wonders for clearing my head and focusing my thoughts.

I'm signing up for my first 5K. I'm so nervous. I'm worried I'll fail. or get injured. or collapse.

and I'm even more worried that I'll enjoy it.

5Ks turn into 13.1s and turn into 26.2s......

which means I'll want a bumper sticker.


  1. I love you. Those stickers bother me as much as the stick figure families. They turn me into a snarky snark too :-)

    1. YES!! Those also annoy me! I honestly saw one with a woman and 6 cats once-----that's hilarious.

  2. Is that a recent pic of you above? You are looking fantastic and giving me so much hope!!! I have lost 12lbs in 4 weeks and going strong--except for this week, I am super sick and can't even walk without coughing up a lung. I am with you when it comes to running, I never really enjoyed it until recently. It's a way to be in control! And that fact that you are burning calories it just a bonus! thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Hey Kelli!! :) Yes, I took that photo this week! Congrats on your weight loss too! I'm so happy that you're doing well. I hope that your sickness passes soon and you're able to be at 100% again. HIGH FIVE!!!

  3. LOL, I used to think the same way about those stickers!! And ditto "worry about my worrying", right there with ya!