Yes, it made me cry!!!!!!!!
A Facebook user penned a message to 'The Fatty running on the westview track'. You might be surprised to read what they have to say.
The message begins in a typically condescending manner. It accuses the overweight runner of 'footslogging in the wrong direction', calls then out for wanting to 'stop twice a lap' and points out the sweat that drenches their body.
But then all of a sudden, the tone changes and we find ourselves confronted with a seriously inspirational message for all the would be runners out there.
"You whose feet barely lift off of the ground as you trudge around the track. You, who keeps to the outside lane, footslogging in the wrong direction. You, who stops for water breaks every lap and who would probably stop twice a lap if there were bleachers on both sides. You whose gaze drops to your feet every time we pass. You whose sweat drenches your body after you leave, completing only a single 20 minute mile.
There is something you should know. You fucking rock!!
Every shallow step you take, you carry the weight of more than two of me, clinging to your bones, begging to be shaken off. Each lap you run you are paying off the debt of another midnight snack, another dessert, another beer. It's 20 degrees outside, but you haven't let that stop your regime. This isn't your first day out here, and it certainly won't be your last. You started a journey that lasts a lifetime, and you've started it at least twelve days before your New Year's resolution kicks in.
You run without music, and I can only imagine the mantras running through your mind as you heave your ever shrinking mass around the next lap. Let's go feet! Shut up legs! Fuck off fat!! If only you'd look up from your feet the next time we pass, you'd see my gaze had no condescension in it.
I have nothing but respect for you. You've got this.
Hello!!! I cried again as I typed that in! It's so true on so many levels...from the rock bottom run to the mantras and yes, to the acceptance by ther runners and athletes...you see...they have been a beginner and they know how it feels. They know how after just a few pounds weight gain they struggle with their exercise/hobby...so they can totally appreciate the 'fatty runner'
It happened to me when I purchased my trek. I took it back for a tune up a few months later and the guy that sold me te bike was giddy with excitement and he flat out told me why. Paraphrasing what he said..."it's obvious that you got out an used this bike. I can see changes in your body! I know it wasn't easy but you are doing it!!" And seriously? When I originally bought the bike I was ashamed and embarrassed to be the 'fatty buying a bike'. Ohhh how wrong we are!!!
So here I am...running and biking..fatty...shrinking...but fabulous!!