And then she ran. In SHORTS!
I’ve learned to embrace my body. Not let it hold me back anymore. I’ve learned to enjoy and experience life, while being a “work in progress.” This is HUGE. Years ago, I was one of those people who constantly believed life would begin 15 pounds from now. While I’ve worked very hard to silence that mentality and those thoughts, and live my life, not letting fear hold me back, there is nothing like shopping for shorts to really test how far you’ve come.
I’ve spend the past two summers running in capris, yes capris – ALL SUMMER! With the heat, humidity and weekly oppressive heat waves this summer getting the best of me and my runs, I realized (with a little help, nudging and encouragement from Abby, Melissa, and Katherine) that the time had finally come to EMBRACE THE LEGS, free them from these temperatures, and finally run in shorts!
I tried on, what felt like, 100 pairs of shorts and nothing seemed to fit these legs. I tried on long shorts, short shorts, running skirts. Nothing seemed to fit perfectly. I wanted to cry. I settled for two pairs of Nike shorts, neon pink and plain, old black, and headed home. Once I got home, I did a fashion show for my dad and brother. Yup! My dad and brother. They were definitely good sports and tried not to laugh at me. You should have seen the look I got and heard the commentary, from my brother, regarding the running skirt. That got returned. I got the thumbs up on the Nike shorts and was ready to try my first run in them.
My first run in SHORTS! 5 miles around and over the Queensboro Bridge. It was MUCH cooler, but let’s just say, to those girls out there that get me, I didn’t use Body Glide. BIG mistake. HUGE. (a little Pretty Woman reference anyone?). This lesson I learned less than 2 miles in. I imagine the people running and biking towards me got quite a show as the shorts continued to ride up as well. After many tweets back and forth with Kristin, I realized that perhaps tighter shorts would be better. And so I continued with the ongoing quest for the “perfect” shorts.
This past weekend I bought yet ANOTHER pair of shorts. The tighter kind. You know, what we used to call “biker shorts” back in high school. What do they call them now? Anyway, I began my run yesterday, which I didn’t have high hopes for since my stomach forced me to wait until after 9AM to get started. Thank goodness for the cloud cover. They moved around a little bit in the beginning, but just as I began to hit my stride, so did the shorts. It was the BEST training run I’ve had in weeks. Was it the shorts? Who knows. I could not believe how great this run was. I ran 3.5 miles with a 9:34 average mile pace. I haven’t seen a 9:34 average mile pace since APRIL. Yes, you heard me right! APRIL. This run gave me the confidence I have been looking for and made me realize that I CAN DO THIS! I CAN run the Newport Half Marathon. My wise friends reminded me that I have done this before and, of course, I can do it again. It is truly amazing what is possible when you believe in YOURSELF.
I bought these shorts at the Gap. The Gap calls them the “marathon short.” I call them the best run in weeks, speed shorts from heaven, which I tweeted to Kristin after, of course, sending her a picture of what I called “the winner!”
I now feel like I might be that girl who runs in shorts until November!
Do you run in shorts?
What are your favorite shorts to run in?
Did you ever doubt yourself when training for a race? How did you silence those thoughts and get past the self-doubt?