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Training: Looks or Performance?

I remember late last year, when my mom said to me, “Your thighs and butt are getting huge. They are bigger than from when you were fat.” I was training for my first half-marathon and I have been putting in a lot of miles to prepare. I was averaging at least 30 miles a week. Imagine how I felt when she said those words. I was DEVASTATED. I’ve been having self-esteem issues for as long as I can remember and this made it worse.

After she said that, I told her, “I know. I’ve been running a lot. At least it’s good muscle weight.” Oh, how I wish I believed what I said. My mother knows that this is a touchy subject with me and I didn’t want an argument to happen between the both of us.

I knew that my lower body was getting bulkier. I didn’t like the fact that I was getting bigger there. In fact, I wanted my thighs to slim down and lean out. Who doesn’t want lean, toned thighs and legs?

After giving much thought and reading about how “strong is the new sexy”, I realized why I still continued training the way I did. After a while, I didn’t mind that my thighs were getting bulky. In fact, I was PROUD of them. Who cares about the comments my family (aunts and uncles included) was giving me “Your thighs are getting bigger.” I was training for performance and not looks.

If I hadn’t put in all the miles, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my half-marathon. I wouldn’t have been able to complete it in the time I got, which was 2 hours, 1 minute, and 48 seconds. I wouldn’t have had that feeling of accomplishment after crossing that finish line.

It is my “huge” thighs that got me there. My muscular thighs allowed me to cross that finish line. My uncle was even there to cheer me all the way. He said that I should be happy that I was able to complete that 13.1 mile run, since most people don’t.

Whenever you train for an event, such as a marathon, half-marathon, Spartan Race, CrossFit competition, etc, don’t expect that you will lean out and lose weight. You have to train hard and fuel your body so that you are able to do and complete those events. Train to gain strength. Train for performance, not looks.

Have you trained for any sporting events?

If so, how did it turn out?

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2 thoughts on “Training: Looks or Performance?

    • Thanks Ka! =)
      Each person is different. Most people I know slim down when they run more. My body just naturally builds muscle quickly. I ran my half marathon in October. Noelle is running one later this month. She’s been training for it.

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