THIN ENOUGH? DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT…

THIN ENOUGH? DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT…
Allie Kieffer isn’t. (Worrying about it, that is…or anything else, for that matter.)
As you might’ve read in the NY Times Sunday Review, October 27th in a piece called, “Who Says Allie Kieffer Isn’t Thin Enough to Win?”Allie is one of the best female marathon runners in the country. But…according the the Times piece, Allie has spent a lot of her life feeling like she didn’t really “fit in” among the competition. You see, she’s a little bit on the “heavy side”…
Her coaches suggested she go on a diet. She did and her body “broke down.” She stopped running for a few years…and missed it a lot. So she started again…on her own terms. In fact, she broke all the rules of running protocol: There were no goals, no opponents to compare herself to and no times to record. She joined “CrossFit which is unheard of in elite running because it builds muscle (elite runners are known for their sleek, slim bodies.)  She began running more miles than ever, she was healthier than ever – and a lot happier.
And she got faster. Much faster…
Last year Kieffer ran in the New York City Marathon, finished, amazingly, in fifth place and logged her best time by almost fifteen minutes. Hardly anyone knew who the “unsponsored” thirty year old who sprinted past Olympians was! Suddenly, Keiffer had become one of the best runners in the world…
Lindsay Crouse, author of the Times piece, wrote, “Kieffer has given us a powerful example of what can happen when we stop trying to force ourselves to meet preconceived notions of how to achieve success…and go after our goals on our own terms. When we focus less on fixing what we consider to be our inadequacies and more on reinforcing our strengths, we can realize potential we didn’t even know we had.”  (Italics are mine.)
So let’s stop criticizing ourselves for our shortcomings and start celebrating ourselves for our uh, “longcomings…” What do you say?
Starting now.
Hey, it was just five years ago that no American women finished in the top ten. This past Sunday, November 4th, there were four,marking the best performance by the U.S women since 1977. Allie came in seventh! 
In the end it’s all about running..

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