Motivation for your miles.

Nope…they are NOT runners…


“I ain’t never got no pedicure before. I ain’t even got no toenails!”   That is the conversation my daughter and I overheard the other day while at the nail salon.  The aging lady went on to say, “I just got dry, scaly, feet.”  🙂

While runners are known to lose a toenail or two…somehow I doubt that this lady was ever a runner.  No guarantees here…I just doubt it.

Yes…in case you didn’t know…we live in a small, rural town in Alabama.

I NEVER go to the nail salon.  It’s just not what I do.  Just give me the $$$ and I’ll paint ’em myself.  I went for the first time in 24 years at the request of my daughter.  She was getting ready for prom & didn’t want to go alone.  Not only did I go…I let her talk me into getting BLUE nail polish!  That might seem normal to you…but in all my 39 years, I’m pretty sure only “red” or “French tip” has ever touched my nails.

"blue nails"

“blue nails”

I noticed how attractive and slender the manicurist was….she looked like a runner to me.

Our conversation went something like this:

Me:  “Do you run?  You look like a runner.”

Her:  “No!  I can’t run…I’m a smoker.”

Me:  “You could run instead.  You might live longer.”

Her:  “I can’t run, I work 4 days a week…10am – 7pm.”

I typically enjoy speaking one on one with women.  If the conversation lends itself to, I often wind up telling them, “You are just as important as your children.  You are just as important as everyone else that always needs you.  You should make time for yourself & do those things that are on your heart.”  Often, I will see a little tear form and a slight look of “Maybe she’s right.”

We continued to chit-chat a little more.  I learned that she was about to turn 18.  She doesn’t like living in our little town.  She has a boyfriend that she works with on her days off.

Now, back to our conversation:

Me:   “You know, you should always remember to do things for yourself too.”

Her:  “Oh…I DO!  EVERY week when I get paid, I go buy a new outfit.  I think about myself all the time!”

We are obviously in two different worlds right now.  Me…mother of 3…housewife…nearing 40…runner.  She looked like a runner…but she was actually just a naturally beautiful, 18 year old, single young lady.  She has so much life ahead of her…so much potential…so many lessons to learn.  I wanted to tell her so much!  I wanted to keep going back to get my nails done, just so I could “mentor” her.

I would say:

“What are you thinking!?!  Don’t you know what smoking does to your lungs?  What about that beautiful, flawless skin you have right now!  Don’t you want to keep it as long as you can?  BUY A NEW DRESS EVERY WEEK?  on a NAIL SALON EMPLOYEES SALARY?  Quit that!  Save that money up!  You’re going to want a new house one day!  Have you heard of Dave Ramsey‘s Financial Peace University?  Let’s get you set up on a budget.  And that boyfriend….does he treat you like a princess?  Does he value you?  Is he taking good care of your heart?”

But I know…that would be a waste of my breath.  So, I kept my mouth shut.

When she’s ready, she’ll listen.

Maybe she’ll remember me…and then she’ll decide to go for that run…

Author: Julia

Running inspires me to live. It helped me remember what winning felt like during a season of loss. The Lord speaks to me most during the miles....because there I'm giving Him the time to do so. These are the things that motivate me to run. I hope they inspire you to live God's best for your life as well. Happy Running!

6 thoughts on “Nope…they are NOT runners…

  1. Now I don’t look like a runner but had managed to start & finish 3 marathons. I also dont do nails but had a birthday pressie so off I went only to be told I had pretty feet ! And unbelievable I was a runner – I took that as a compliment, even if the rest if me looks 46 years old my feet are still good even with those miles. My sparkly toes did creat amusement down at the lake for open water training 🙂

    • That is one of my favorite things about running…all the various ages, shapes and sizes of runners. I’ve only ran one marathon so far…I had originally planned on only doing the one. Well, ORIGINALLY….I was only PLANNING on running a 10k. I’m sure I will run another 26.2 in the future. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Pretty feet and all!!!

  2. I loved reading your post! It sounds like you encourage everyone you meet- what a blessing! I lived in Birmingham for a while and miss the southern hospitality and the southern sass 🙂 anyways, I’ll definitely be reading your blog in the future!

    • Thank you for reading! I am looking forward to following your progress as well! I have found we all find inspiration from each other!

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