Why The Internet Needs More Running Selfies
It is my great honor this week to post an article by Liz of Gross Gets Fit.
Six months ago, I decided that I wanted to become more active. After years of waking up late on Saturday mornings only to scroll through Facebook and see friends running races, I succumbed to peer pressure. I started a 5K training program. And, just like the friends that had unknowingly convinced me to start running, I posted about it on Facebook.
A friend suggested that I make a collage of all the selfies some day, and I think I will. But even here, I can quickly see a progression from a 2-mile run to a 5 mile run.
Turns Out The Selfies Aren’t For Myself
A few months ago, things came full circle. Remember, I started running because my friends (Ed, Tim, and Lisa, among others) were posting photos and updates from their runs and races. Then Karine told me that she got back into running because I inspired her. I. Inspired. Her.
Yesterday I visited the farmers that I like to buy eggs from, and they said they enjoy watching my progress and Facebook and they’re cheering me on. They even asked if I ran to their house (running back home with eggs was not something I had planned on doing, but it would be an interesting challenge). My mom feels like she’s been watching me run, even though she hasn’t seen me in person in months.
It turns out the selfies aren’t all about me.
Displaying Your Victories & Struggles Inspires Others to Try
Today, Katie (another runner that has motivated me) posted this on Instagram:
So yes, you’ll see a running selfie two or three times a week if we’re Facebook friends. Because I’m damn proud of the fact that I can run for over an hour. That I’ve lost 45 pounds. That I’m working every day to be a little bit healthier than I was the day before (some days more successful than others). If you’re on this journey too—particularly if you’re older, or overweight, or disabled, or have another good excuse for people to think you can’t get fit—put it all out there. (Well, not all of it. Please keep your clothes on). Show the world what real people look like when they’re getting healthy. Chances are, you’ll be leading a crowd you didn’t know was following you.
Liz is 32 year old blogger at Gross Gets Fit, who is on a journey towards living a healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oconomowoc, WI with her husband. Her current goals include 40 more pounds to get to goal and beginning a strength training schedule. You can follow her blog here.