A few weekends ago I woke early and eagerly made my way to a local Florida obstacle race. Having recently made some changes to my typical training regiment, I was excited to get out on the course and test myself to see if I would be able to notice a difference in my performance. Once the race began, I felt confident as I progressed through the course. I maintained a steady, yet quick pace, tackled obstacles with confidence, and in the end earned a second overall win for women.
It felt amazing, and I was thrilled with the results of the day.
That same day, a photographer present to capture shots of participants pulled me aside to take a couple of photos. I had decided to don a cropped Wonder Woman top and super hero leggings that day (naturally), and was happy to pose for a few teaser photos before racing. Several days later the photos were posted.
In the beginning I loved the photos! I thought I looked strong, confident, and invincible. I had prevailed that day as a top finisher, and revelled in the memory of an amazing race day. But then, slowly but surely, insecurity began to creep in.