Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dear Body

Dear Body,

You are amazing.  I never thought we'd get along as well as we are now, and I'm so, so sorry for all those years I took you for granted. 

Thank you for not giving up on me when I starved you to the point of hospitalization.

Thank you for not giving up on me through the relapses in the years that followed that hospitalization.

Thank you for all the miles since those three screws went into my hip.

Thank you, IT band, for calming down these past few months.

Thank you, body, for staying strong through all the triathlons, marathons, shorter races, spin classes, bike rides, hikes, rock climbing, and yoga classes.  I know I haven't always appreciated you, but now I do more than ever. 

Stomach, I'm cool with the fact that you're not as flat as I used to want you to be.  Legs, your strength amazed me this weekend. 

I promise to feed you right, treat you well, and not put you down.  You continually amaze me, and I'm so grateful for everything you help me do.

Love, Cate


  1. You are amazing!

    Congratulations on your awesome marathon and you BQ and thank you for sharing your Dear Body.

    So incredible to think of what our bodies are capable of getting us through and doing for us.

  2. This is a wonderful post! Not just for runners either. Congrats on the SF run. I admire your courage, strength, endurance and your commitment.

  3. What a great letter. We should all thank our bodies for the support it gives us and what we put it through!

  4. This made me a little misty! Very good!

  5. Thanks for the letter, cate. It just reinforces how badly I've been treating my body lately. I need to shape up.