Thursday, February 16, 2012

From pretty to pretty ugly.

Three years ago when I started all this running/triathlon business...
I thought my feet were the only nice thing I had on me.
I loved sandal weather.
I wasn't worried to take my shoes and socks off.
Baring my feet at the beach wasn't scary at all.

after the hours in chlorinated water swimming lanes,
and hours of pounding gravel and pavement in my numerous pairs of runners,
and cycling in bare feet inside my fancy clip~less pedal shoes?
Those feet are gone.

I used to cringe when people posted pics up of their battered feet and toes. And cover my ears in disgust when they relayed the gruesome details about foot information after a run.
Missing toenails, callouses, strange shaped toes and blisters....
It was all just wrong.

Now...I'm turning into "one of those people".
I don't think my own feet will ever be the same.

Funny thing is....I don't even care.
I go back to the saying....
"It doesn't matter what something looks like, it's what's inside that counts."

I finally figured out that the pride I have in my pretty-ugly-now-feet comes from what they can do for me.
And I think that this summer....regardless of the 3 missing toenails and strange bumps...I'll still flaunt my feet at the beach.
Being thankful for the Feet that Have a Purpose and serve me well.
Much better than being pretty;)


TexWisGirl said...

you go, crazy girl! :)

Flora said...

Honey...wait until they look like mine:)

Miz.November said...

Oh, darlin. My hubby did some serious training (Special Forces Pre-Training) last year and had to ruck march for hours on end. In combat boots. Carrying a 60 pound pack. His feet were terrible when he got home. Whole sections just peeled right off. Ugh. It was awful. But at least yours still has pretty polish on your remaining nails! What color is that?

pig parade said...

Only pretty thing on you, ha!! There are tons of pretty things, your hair,your eyes, your smile lots of stuff!!

Mike said...

peeshaw (haven't used that slang term for a while) I disagree that is the only pretty thing on you :-)

You are going to rock your marathon!

heyBJK said...

Please. They look perfectly fine to me. They've taken a lot and still look good!

Pam said...

They are there for you as much as you are there for them.
They are lovely feet.. keep tri-ing.. Dawn

Nancy Claeys said...

Meh. If they get you from A to B, they are working just fine! :)

Aimee said...

Be proud of your flawed feet...they have done and continue to do amazing things for you! :)

Anonymous said...

You have an absolutely wonderful point! =)

Peter said...

Agree! and that photo yesterday was superb.

beth said...

but look how marvelous your toes are :)