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The (Value) Laden Body

Blaine and I were downstairs grabbing a stepladder from the boiler room when I declared victoriously that I had been running for three weeks. I said this to a triathlete who wins races (in his age group) accidentally, so the act of running is definitely not a brag, but I still said it with triumph. Running for three weeks—regularly, without an injury or pain—is a victory, because my life has sabotaged my physical confidence, assuring me that no matter what I am doing, my body is eventually going to give out.

My first experience of physical vulnerability occurred when I... read more