Then sometime around 2010, I started hating them. The constant list of "must haves", the judging eye on "What NOT to wear", the bullying articles on "Who wore it better". And I just cut them out of my life. The things inside them were pretty, perfect, magazine perfect! but they didn't tell me how to stretch out a meal out of 1 potato, 1 onion and 2 chicken breast. They didn't tell me how to feel better.
I started running around 2012 and would see pictures of women on tutus and flashy skirts and costumes running. Never did it cross my mind to think of the tutus or the skirts... being a new runner, the thought for me was that finding motivation to go out and run was more important than what I was wearing to races.
Then around 2014 that I came across, in social media, the mention of Monika Allen, and Self Magazine calling her tacky for running a marathon wearing a tutu. This made me so furious! There was this national publication, that proclaimed to be "different" on not judging women for their bodies, but for their strengths and work at being fit, calling a woman running a marathon tacky, only because she was wearing a Tutu! I found it offensive in so many different levels. I wrote them a nasty email.
Later, of course, the magazine found out that this woman was battling with brain cancer, and quickly issued an apology and featured her in their magazine. I admired that Mrs. Allen had accepted their apology, she certainly had 100 time the grace than I do. I would have flipped them off and told them to go rate other runners on their outfits, since they felt they were the experts on judging women.
I wore a tutu to a race once, I didn't like it. And I took it off 1 mile in. This does not mean I'm against them, it just wasn't my style.
|4th of July themed race... have I mentioned I love running in costumes?|
I found out on Monday night that Monika Allen had passed away. I also found out that Monika Allen was very active with Girls On The Run in San Diego. The local running clubs in Harrisburg are putting together a run to collect donations on her name, for Girls on The Run this Thursday, and we are encouraged to wear tutus.
My son is with me that night, but we will both be participating on that run. I never knew Monika Allen, or followed her story after that article on Self Magazine. But her story touched me and motivated me. We don't typically run on tutus, but we will wear tutus on Thursday on her memory.
Rest in Peace Monika Allen, your courage and grace will always be remembered by this woman runner, with no fashion sense, but a strong will to keep running.