You know what I mean by runners' legs, right? Those legs that have clearly defined thigh muscles on the inside and out, that go straight up to the hip without a curvy detour.
I've always preferred leggings and crops to shorts because of this, especially before I ran. I feel like leggings make me look more streamlined, while shorts reveal my legs in all their un-toned glory.
But what I've come to realize as I have started running and working out, is that my legs are strong. They can power me through 13.1 miles. They've carried me up a mountain. They might not look the way I always wish they did, but they're strong and for that I appreciate them.
So when I was deciding what to wear on race day, I decided to go with the stride shorts. They're great in warmer weather, they feel fantastic to run in, and they're not unflattering. They just... show my legs. Which I've now decided I don't hate and maybe even kind of like and appreciate.
I'll be honest, though. I wore shorts to a class a week ago and put my scarf over my legs when I sat down. It's a work in progress.
Is there a body part you've had to work to accept? Does exercise (running, yoga, another sport) make you appreciate it more?