What would you do if you were on Saturday morning, training hard for your next race, and suddenly a car drives past and throws a McDonald's mug after you? How about a group of boys appearing behind you, bumping your ass and giggling while running away?
Believe it or not, both examples of highest bodily harm are the rival Julie Creffield, author of The Guide to Fat Marathon Running Girls (9 $; amazon.com)
Creffield, who comes from Britain, considers herself a runner with oversized size. But whoever believes his weight holds them back is wrong. She has been running for about 1
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For Creffield, 15 years of running has also meant 15 years of body damage, exclusion and misleading stereotypes. "People automatically think that you are running to lose weight, and if you do not lose weight, they say," Why are you still fat? Health. "There is this assumption that we only train for slenderness, and that is not the reason for me."
Running is like a therapy for Creffield. "She has depression She has been struggling, she says, and she attributes the exercise to having her pulled out of her.
Another misconception that Creffield does not seem to get away from: people think she's a beginner. "They give you unprompted advice How to improve and they say things like, 'If you've done it for a while, it'll be easier.' And I'm like, 'Well, I ran for 15 years.'
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After giving up body-disrespectful comments and actions for years, Creffield noted that she could not be the only runner to handle this kind of abuse, as she started in 2010 her blog, the Fat Girls & # 39; Guide to Running. In 2013 she turned it into a business, Too Fat to Run?
The name was inspired by one of Creffield's most notable body experiences, when she went to the doctor with a reclusive muscle. As soon as she started complaining of pain, the doctor suggested to do more exercise. "I was like," In fact, I'm training for a marathon, "and he said," Oh, no, you're too fat to run a marathon. Determine her determination to prove it. She
calls her business a "virtual running club," or an online resource can find runners' tailored workouts and exercise programs. It is also a platform to connect with other women in the program.
Creffield says she always felt left out of the running community. She has found that traditional running clubs are all about competition and not about community. They are usually just worried about being better than other clubs. This meant that every time she tried to join one of them, members assumed she was only slowing her down.
This experience gave her the idea for her own business: a running club based on inclusion and support.
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By founding the Too Fat to Run? In the community, Creffield had the opportunity to connect with women who face the same body as cruelty and cruelty, something she never thought would have been possible when she first ran. She helps her clients on their travels to self-love, and she says they have inspired them to overcome self-doubt and other obstacles along the way.
"I know this is really cheesy, but I think running marathons and long-distance running is a metaphor for life," says Creffield. "You do not need to know how it will end, you just have to take the first step."
Are you the key to Creffield's success? She sets "big, fat, stupid goals," she says. Working without something can be difficult to motivate yourself. However, when there is light at the end of the tunnel, it is easier to turn around in difficult times. This is true for running as well as for life, she adds.
Her hard-earned work pays off and reaching her wilddest goals is the biggest confidence-building tool, says Creffield, and she tries to keep that feeling with her at all times. "Sometimes things happen in life and I think, 'That's so tough', but then I think," Is it really that hard to run a marathon?
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