Our link of the week is from Runner’s World but it’s not specifically about running. I’m a big runner but not a big fan of Runner’s World in general but when this article came across my newsfeed I fell in love. It is about an elite triathlete who is body shamed for being larger than her opponents.
And how does all of this make me feel? Honestly, not ashamed or embarrassed, but PROUD. Proud that I do like the climbs and the challenges they present; proud that I can run fast; proud that I have climbed the ranks through my sport and achieved success as a professional endurance athlete, despite having the “wrong body type,” or not “looking the part.” And every time someone says to me, “I don’t know how you do that,” I actually smile real big inside. Because yup, I am doing this, and doing it well, in this body—in my body, just as it is supposed to be.
I implore you to take a page from Kara’s book and love your body for what it is capable of, don’t hate it for not living up to some artificial standards.