A picture worth {at least} 1,000 words.

It’s a good thing that my child was due on March 5, 2012. It’s funny to think that if she were estimated to arrive 6 days earlier I could have missed out on the friends I’ve made just because of that date. I like to think of it as fate. I am a part of an online community of moms with March (or thereabouts) 2012 children who are very interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We motivate each other daily and it is because of these moms that I started running half a year ago. Had my daughter been born at any other time, I probably wouldn’t be looking forward to a marathon.

Yesterday, a fellow runner and blogging friend from the group, Sara, brought up the topic of race photos and WHY THE HELL ARE THEY SO UNFLATTERING!? Sara’s picture was way far from unflattering, but I totally understood the sentiment. I had already looked through the pictures that were taken of me at my half 2 weeks ago and while I was smiling in many of them, I still looked like too much of a goon to want to drop $25 on a digital download. I logged in to MarathonFoto so I could show her one of my more unappealing images and noticed that they had added a new one since I last checked.

As soon as I saw it, tears welled up in my eyes. I knew I had to have it. It is my finish line photo.

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Every single emotion I was feeling right at that moment is summed up in this photograph and I felt them all rushing back as I looked at it. It is far from the most becoming shot that has ever been taken of me, but to me it is one of the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen of myself.

This is a picture of why I run.

Like I seriously wish I could just whip this photo out whenever someone tells me I’m crazy for waking up before sunrise to get a few miles in. I do it because of this.

I typed in my payment information without any lingering doubt and now this photo is mine forever. Whoever that photographer was, I wish I could give them the biggest hug for capturing this perfect moment for me.

~ Salt

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8 thoughts on “A picture worth {at least} 1,000 words.

  1. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven says:

    When I was growing up, my mother had a HUGE, poster sized photo of her in a bikini framed in the bathroom above the toilet. She looked amazing and loved that photo. What I’m saying is, this photo is twice as amazing and maybe you should frame it and hang it above your toilet (or your office) Office is better – somewhere in your home that you can see it and smile at your accomplishments ALWAYS!!! (the toilet story was to make you giggle, I by no means think it’s wise to hang a flattering photo above your toilet, thankfully only me and my parents saw said photo, above, the toilet). 😉

  2. txa1265 says:

    I TOTALLY get what you said in your comment on my blog post … THAT picture is TOTALLY worth the $25+ they charge. That is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ shots. It really does communicate so much more than you could in words – and every runner looks at it and thinks “I know …”

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