This is one of the worst pictures [of me] I’ve ever kept.
Don’t get me wrong, I have taken a slew of other what I deem to be “terrible” photos, too. (You’ve seen a few of them here.) But most the time, when a picture doesn’t look how I think it should, (fabulous, beautiful, perfect, just so), it gets deleted. Like pronto. (Am I the only one who does this?) I kept the photo up top because it was taken the day my girlfriend Alisha drove 8 hours to spend just 60 minutes in the pool teaching me to swim with my head in the water. It means something to me. It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come.
Here’s why I bring this up.
Last week, one of the sisters in my private Sole Success Club shared a link to an article in Runner’s World — Let’s Keep it Real About Our Bodies. Written by pro runner Lauren Fleshman, it was a recap of one her blog posts, Keeping it Real. (Take a second to read it, she posts her NY Fashion Week Runway pic along with how she ::really:: looks at running practice.)
Anyhoo… after reading Lauren’s article, a dozen or so women in the Club took bold action. They posted selfies, (most wearing just gym shorts and a sports bra), without good lighting, a professional photographer and/or Photoshop.
And you know what? Every single one of the women who shared their unadulterated, true-to-life photo(s) is gorgeous. As I watched picture after picture show up in my FB feed, I couldn’t help but be in awe of how each of them was #keepingitreal. (It was a powerful lesson in courage, vulnerability and bravery to be sure.)
Full disclosure: I did not post a selfie. Why? Because what causes me the most angst is sharing my mug without makeup. Hence, the pic up top and a video from this morning below – it’s my part of #keepingitreal.
Today, in honor of Lauren’s honesty, the brave women in my Sole Success Club and YOU… I’d like to issue each of us a challenge.
Let’s agree to take one day where we are ALL IN on keeping it real. A day where we shut down our inner critic and celebrate the TRUTH of who we are. Let’s cry hell yes! for how far we’ve traveled on our journey. Let’s give the media’s view of our imperfections and weaknesses the universal sign for screw you. Let’s give a loud, roaring cheer for every single milestone we’ve grasped and battle we’ve won during our time here on the planet.
And finally, let’s agree hold a safe, loving, non-judgmental, “you’re beautiful baby” space for our sisters, daughters, mothers, wives, nieces, aunts, and girlfriends to do the same.
To keeping it real.
P.P.S. Do you have a keepin’ it real pic you’re ready to share? If so, we’d love to celebrate YOU and your awesomeness! www.Facebook.com/BrooksFirstMarathon
P.P.S. I put up 5 miles this morning including hill sprints. Holy f*. My knees are cryin. And so marathon training begins.
P.P.S.S. If you’re not a member of the Sole Sisterhood yet, today would be a great day to join. (It’s free!) Not only will you get updates I don’t share here… but I’ll also get you started with some super cool digital running swag. Scroll down for deets.
And finally, look what showed up in my PO Box. Brenda — I swear we’re sisters from another mister. (Only you are more beautiful and your kitchen goddess muscles, far stronger.) Thanks so much for the sweet v-day treats!