One of the reasons we're so firmly against body shaming of any form is because you never truly know what a person's journey looks like. You don't know what a person could be struggling with, what they've overcome, and more importantly, what they face.

One marathoner proved just how harmful words can be after a person shamed her for her weight mid-run.

Latoya Shauntay Snell was competing in her eighth marathon, only to be distracted by someone commenting on her weight.

Between the 22nd and 23rd mile of the New York City Marathon, Snell revealed in a first-person essay that she got heckled by a man on the sidelines:

“It’s gonna take your fat ass forever, huh?" the man yelled at Snell.

Snell snapped back, insulting and cursing at the man (TBH, he deserved much worse.) She was also backed up by two other female runners, who told her he wasn't worth her time and energy.

What the man didn't know is what it meant to Snell to even be in the marathon at all.

"He didn’t know what I’d sacrificed to be there; how I’d contemplated abandoning a sport I often refer to as “oxygen” because I was still grieving the miscarriage of my twins in August," she wrote in her powerful, tear-jerking essay. 

"He didn’t know I’d had emergency surgery for endometriosis, or the 142 times over the course of a year that I’d been called everything from 'fat bitch' to the n-word online, simply for being a black, plus-size food-and-fitness blogger."

She also explained that the bystander perceived her body as worthy of a punchline.

"As a mere spectator, he saw my 5-foot-3-inch, 218-pound body as a joke," she wrote. 

Despite her being the one racing in the marathon and showing the feat of strength and endurance her body is capable of, she was still shamed for her body — and that's so ironic that we can't even find the words.

Despite the heckler spewing hatred at Snell, she still persisted.

"I’m fat. Full-figured. Thick. Plus size. Powerful. Capable. Empowering. Phenomenal," she concluded. "And in the end, my real clapback that day came from the power of my thick legs shuffling me from New York’s Staten Island, across five boroughs and ending in the drizzling rain in Manhattan. I am powerful because I believe that I am. And I owe nobody an explanation for what moves me."

Couldn't have said it better ourselves.