Five for Friday :: 1 April 2011
I’m a mixture of excitement, nervousness, and gratitude today as I prepare for the weekend ahead. I’m running in my second half marathon on Sunday. Meanwhile, the weather experts are calling for unseasonably cold temperatures and rain. It should be lovely… right.
I haven’t talked much about running lately on NTS, at least not since I shared with you all my passion for Girls on the Run and my experience of being overwhelmed by running as a privilege. But despite the lack of posts, I’ve been continuing to run – short runs, long runs, and everything in between. I have been learning to ditch the treadmill for the fresh, frigid air of winter and used running as a means of exploring my new city. I have been focusing on taking rest as seriously as exercise and fueling my body physically and emotionally. I have stopped comparing my training and my times to other runners, and decided that I will give it my all this weekend because I deserve the best of myself.
I have set a goal for myself of running a sub-2:00 hour race this weekend. (To give you a point of reference, my last half was completed in 2:25:56, so this would be a major accomplishment for me!) What I’m working to remember today is that to achieve that goal will require not running as fast I can toward the finish line, but rather slowing myself down at times, listening to the signals my body is sending me, and, of course, believing that I am capable of something that I might never have imagined I could do. I have learned so much from running, and I hope this weekend to show to show that I have been a attentive, honest student.
In the meantime, I of course want to share with you some thought-provoking things that I came across this week.
- I’m a little obsessed with TED videos recently (at least it’s better than being immersed in Jersey Shore, right?), and am totally in love with this one. Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet, shares a slamming piece and talks about the power of sharing what we know to be true.
- I couldn’t resist sharing any piece that talks about Glee, feminism, media literacy, and size acceptance all in one post. Check it out over on f-bomb.
- My dear friend at Medicinal Marzipan takes on a topic that I know many of us struggle with… success! She reminds us that there’s a way to handle it gracefully – it just might be hard as hell for a while.
- On the The Achilles Effect, Crystal makes strikingly apparent the differences gender stereotyping in toy ads. It Thanks to Melissa at Pigtail Pals for sharing this on facebook!
- Hollerback Health reminds us to stop it with the passive-aggressive tweeting, already. I just thought this was fun – and an important life lesson about direct, honest communication.
Reader Comment of the Week :: Star on Reader Poll :: Does sharing negative body thoughts help or hurt?
There is a difference between sharing your story about you body and emotions connected and dwelling over the negative thoughts. A person who has always been ashamed of his/her body may find great freedom in finally expressing those dark thoughts. It can allow the person to not keep it so secretive, express feelings, and have the opportunity to process and challenge thoughts. However, it becomes harmful when a person stays dwelling in the negative thoughts or builds relationships with others based upon negative body thoughts. Dwelling in the thoughts, instead of trying to deal with feelings or process, will only increase the problem. So while sharing is good, do not make it the foundation of your relationship.
[Note: Go read all of the amazing comments on this post. Lots of smarts on this page and a great discussion!]
p.s. Be sure to check back Monday for a very special post!