Many women won’t run because they feel they don’t “fit the mold.”
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My name is Callie Skokos. I am the mother of three children, owner of two businesses, visionary with one big dream, and runner with ZERO running shorts!
RunningPretty was born after I realized that if we all felt a little better about ourselves, the positive influence of running would take care of the rest. I have been a runner for most of my life and I keep on running because it provides me with a sense of confidence, strength and inner peace that nothing else can emulate. Over the years, after trying to convert friends into running partners, I realized there was a common thread that wove through all the conversations. Many women won’t run because they feel they don’t “fit the mold.” I knew I had to help change this unhealthy perception.
For many of us, running and exercising has a powerful impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we cope with the pressures of everyday life.
Do yourself a favor… be yourself. Run because it feels great. Exercise because it’s good for the mind and body. I hope you can discover the Power of Pretty with RunningPretty.
I believe that through the spirit of others, we can all learn a little more about ourselves. Email us at CallieSkokos@RunningPretty.com with your story.
The Silent Song
By Callie Skokos, Owner of RunningPretty
I am silently singing that song again. The same verse over and over. I always do that when the run starts really getting hard and I begin thinking those dreaded thoughts about stopping. Right now I feel that I cannot endure the pain but stopping is sometimes just as painful as persevering. Stopping is mentally painful. Stopping causes me to start questioning my strength; not just as a runner, but as a person.
By the fourth repeated verse I had made it up "Titan Hill" and can now take pleasure in the consoling decent. Although Titan was difficult today, I can steadily feel my strength replenishing. I have reached the half-way-home-marker, and by the half-way point of all my runs, I start feeling stronger and believing that I can endure, overcome, and succeed. As a woman, few things in life provide me with the feeling of undiluted confidence that running produces. It provides me with a silent strength that I have been unable to capture in any other way.
I am running toward the entrance of the Arrow Head Golf Club and I hear the sound of golf shoes delicately and quickly clicking on the pavement. Within a blink, I realize that it is actually the sound of a doe and two fawns nervously prancing across the street into a clearing hoping that I do not notice them. I sigh and think about how similar I am to those deer. They run for freedom and so do I. Running satisfies my need for freedom; freedom from pain, helplessness, failure, and fear.
While I run, my eyes explore the horizon and the foothills and I again notice the magnificence that has been stifled behind the mundane. My senses are revived and I feel my blood warming. I am at peace.
For me, running is soul-searching that has helped me discover the strength I posses within. This strength allows me to conquer my fears about the things I am unable to control. Knowing that I can make it just one more mile, up one more hill, or shave off one more second reminds me that running is just a metaphor for life. When things get complicated, tiresome, disheartening, or frustrating, I recall the run from the previous day and think "I can get up this hill. I can overcome." And I silently sing the same verse over and over until the pain passes.
When things get complicated, tiresome, disheartening, or frustrating, I recall the run from the previous day and think “I can get up this hill. I can overcome.”
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