Modest, me? Heck yeah!

Deb Runs

Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend.

–Jules Renard

Last week’s word was tough: humble.

This week’s word is modest – so similar to humble yet so different. And yes, I am most definitely a modest person & a modest runner, on many levels.

I do not like attention. I think most women are raised to be modest – both physically & in actions, but some certainly seem more comfortable in the spotlight than others. I can remember my second half so clearly & that moment afterward in the elevator, with other runners from the race. They were proudly wearing their medals & wanted to know why I wasn’t wearing mine. It never even occurred to me.

Nowadays I do, but I admit: it still kind of makes me uncomfortable.

Wearing that mesh top outside
Wearing that mesh top outside

Then there ‘s being modest about my body. Run in a bra & shorts? No way! Although I did consider running the Firecracker 4 in my pink mesh running top, which is very cool & very comfortable & also very see through. Race day dawned cool; I wore a heavier top.

I’ve only ever worn it on the treadmill. Until this week! I finally wore it outside!

Not that long ago, though, after a humid run I took off my sweaty top in a parking lot & donned a dry top. Progress. A very small parking lot, of course. Baby steps.

Recently HoHo Runs tagged me to answer a few questions; one was what I would sing at karaoke. And I replied I was way too shy to sing at karaoke, despite having a good voice. (You can read the rest of the Q&A here).

Finally there is the fact that I’m a runner of very modest talent. I am slow & I don’t seem to get much faster, even though I keep trying. I’m just sure that that breakthrough is around the corner. As I like to say, I’m slow but I finish. Maybe I need to design a tshirt.

But, Orson Welles said:

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.

Food for thought.

Are you modest about your abilities? About your body?

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22 thoughts on “Modest, me? Heck yeah!

  1. I am pretty modest, but I will run in a sports bra if it really hot — although I’m more uncomfortable than I used to be. I usually wear my race shirt after race day, but I also don’t usually go anywhere!

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      1. I have never worn a bikini in my life! Always the fat girl, when I lost a considerable amount of weight right after college, I did venture to wear a modest two piece bathing suit.

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  2. I have worn just a bra for running, but only at the beach. I’m too modest to do that during a race! Although I’ve seen women my age and older do it. I do seem to be less modest about this stuff the older I get. So, that means at age 90 I’ll race naked. LOL. Scary!

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  3. I love that quote for a T-shirt!
    I can’t run in just a sports bra because I can feel stuff jiggling and it distracts me, I can’t imagine if I thought others could see all of it…I’d faint. lol
    Oh hey, maybe I will streak with HoHo when I am 90, i won’t care by then lol

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  4. Hang in there, your breakthrough will come. It took me two full years to break 30 minutes for a 5K, but I just kept plugging away, bit by bit. I only did it once, but that was enough.

    I love the Orson Welles quotation. I am not particularly humble, I admit it, but am very self-conscious and neither big nor tough.

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  5. I am definitely modest when it comes to my clothing – unless you are comparing me to the Amish. 🙂 I think I am also a modest runner waiting for that breakthrough. Maybe we need to embrace a bit of Mr. Orson Well’s insight!

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