…I just happen to like to commemorate big life changing events with tattoos. I had been planning on getting a running related tattoo for quite some time, but couldn’t decide on what I wanted. It seemed like every idea had already been done to death. And even then I couldn’t think of where I would put it. On the foot seems like an obvious choice for a runner, but that also means a healing period. No shoes = no running. No thanks.
Then I ran a marathon and suddenly the the choice was very clear.
One of the most defining numbers of my life. It means hard work and perseverance. Pushing myself to a level where I have never been before and then going past that. There will be other marathon times in my future, but none will be so special to me as this one. Everything after mile 20 at Bob Potts was unfamiliar territory and frankly some of it was just SO horrible, but the ending was SO sweet.
Sure there are some other people out there that share that marathon time with me, but I figure the likelihood of them having it as a tattoo are probably pretty slim. This number is not just some random quote about running…it’s MINE. And what better day to get this tattoo than on National Running Day!
Forearms don’t hurt at all. As you can see from my wrist this is not my first go-around with a tattoo needle. Actually it’s my 14th.
My husband and daughter were in the waiting room and after I was finished she wanted a tattoo also! Our artist friend was only so happy to oblige. We asked her what she wanted and at first she said “A HOTDOG!” But then she changed her mind and requested an owl instead.
Way cuter than a hot dog.
She talked about our new tattoos all through dinner and on the way home. And on the way to daycare this morning. And proudly showed her owl to her friends because it hasn’t washed off yet.
Sorry, other daycare parents.
Do you have any tattoos? (Running related or otherwise?) Would you ever get a running tattoo? What would it be?
Special shout out to our friend Eddie at Naked Art Tattoos. THANK YOU! I LOVE IT!!! (And obviously Betty does too!)