i was a bit obsessed with watching the olympics this year, and not just one particular event.I enjoyed watching almost ALL of the events… except for maybe 2 or 3, which I will not identify.
there were just so many truly amazing and inspiring athletes!!! i can’t tell you how often i caught myself crying at the end of a race, a swim, a perfect spike, a dismount, a goal.
of course, track and field was very exciting and interesting to me. both, the men’s and women’s olympic marathons, blew me away! the men’s winning time 2:08:01 and the women’s winning time at 2:23:07. obviously, i will never get even remotely close to those times, but just watching them has motivated me even more to beating my marathon PR in december. i'm hoping to improve my PR by 25 minutes.
we stood steady as the stars in the woods so happy-hearted and the warmth rang true inside these bones we stood steady as the stars in the woods so happy-hearted and the warmth rang true inside these bones as the old pine fell we sang just to bless the morning.
we grow, grow, steady as the morning we grow, grow, older still we grow, grow, happy as a new dawn we grow, grow, older still we grow, grow, steady as the flowers we grow, grow, older still we grow, grow, happy as a new dawn we grow, grow, older still
I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear
After many vulgar posts/comments regarding Zoe Smith's appearance on social networking sites, she fired back with this empowering message.
"...We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.
"Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble." - Zoe Smith, English Weighlifter
Way to go, Zoe! Brilliant smack down. And on that note, Happy Friday!!!