Runners make me smile
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So, I have the honor to live on an Army base here in Colorado. I love it. I love being close to my husband's job, I love watching helicopters fly over our house and I love watching soldiers run by our house doing PT in the mornings.
There are things I don't love about living here. Very little privacy (houses are pretty close together), and our house is pretty small but the biggest thing I don't like about living on post is that I can be incredibly self conscious while out walking/jogging when there are all these incredibly fit soldiers using the same trail that I am.
I've been told by a couple people that runners are not judgmental people. They are probably thinking positive things while watching me struggle to jog while pushing my son in the stroller but it's been hard for me to get that through my head and to not slow my pace when passing a group of soldiers so I don't look like an idiot.
Today I had a neat experience while out walking/jogging. I passed a group of soldiers doing a ruckmarch and as I passed them, three of them gave me a thumbs up.
What an encouragement to an overweight woman struggling to complete her workout. I don't know who these guys were, they weren't part of my husbands unit, but they truly gave me a glimpse into what people have been telling me. Most people are very kind when they see someone starting out.
Maybe I can apply some of that kindness to myself now.