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April 18, 2013 7:11 AM
Hello fellow MFP members and fellow runners. Have you ever gone out for a run and had people look at you and you can tell that they are thinking "Why is that person running they are over weight?" I was out training for a race a few weeks back and I got the dirtiest look from some lady walking along the path. So me the smartie pants that I am said very loud so the miserable cow could hear me "Hey I might be chubby but I can run half marathons" Yep pretty sure that made her think again before judging people!! Why is it that non runners think you have to be thin and be an elite runner just to run. I am by no means a Kenyan but I get out there. It doesnt matter if you can complete with an amazing time or if it takes you alot longer then the "AVERAGE JOE" you are getting out there and having fun (well most times having fun) And Dead Last Finish is greater then did not finish, which trumps did ntot start!!
Edited by gillybeanz74 On April 18, 2013 7:13 AM
April 18, 2013 7:16 AM
love it love it love it love it 1,000,000,000,000,000%.......
you are awesome and i love this....
April 18, 2013 7:48 AM
you just made me smile :) smile
April 22, 2013 9:50 AM
You rock!
We might look and sound like elephants coming by but so help me, at least we are moving our butts!
I admire that you ran a half, people should look at you and cheer you on for having the dedication you do!
April 22, 2013 9:53 AM
You rock!! You in the right to say that. Keep going girl.
April 22, 2013 9:54 AM
I deeply admire anybody that can run!! Good on you!
April 22, 2013 9:58 AM
KUDDOS TO YOU!!!!!bigsmile

I would give anything to be able to run, but alas my knee betrayed me. Keep it up! Nothing feels better than crossing the finish line...who cares how long it takes to get there!!smooched
April 22, 2013 9:59 AM
I envy you because I've tried to run and just can't seem to get it together....The first time I observed a marathon (in San Diego), I was in awe of the MANY body shapes of the runners. It inspired me because I always felt a runner had a certain athletic look and I was VERY wrong and it made me feel as I can do it too (some day!). Keep on, keeping on.....Secretly, that lady that was observing you, was only wishing she was in your running shoes :)
April 22, 2013 9:59 AM
You go girl! I can only hope to run a half one day. What I admire even more is your chutzpa! YOU ROCK!
April 22, 2013 9:59 AM
You are awesome! I'm glad you told that lady what's up! I like to run too, I'm not the fastest or the slimmest, but at least I'm moving!
April 22, 2013 10:01 AM
I went for a 'run' today (c25k day one) and was really self conscious about it but the only one out right now was a lone fisherman and a park maintenance guy. Will be a few days before I have your confidence but I applaude you :) Love this post. Made me smile.
April 22, 2013 10:02 AM
You are my hero ;) Thanks for sharing your awesome story :)
April 22, 2013 10:04 AM
Thank you for making me smile today! Love it and so true!
April 22, 2013 10:05 AM
I think that they are really wishing that they were you but don't know any better. Haley (my 85 pound, black, German Shepherd) and I see the same man with the same white G.S. just about every morning that we run and we get the same scowl with no "hello" or "good morning" at all. I have given up trying to be curteous but am sure to wave each and every time we see him. Run on sister!
April 22, 2013 10:05 AM
Gotta say that just because one is thin, doesn't mean they're in shape. I gotta a guy in my kickboxing class who's 280lbs (still carrying a lot of fat, but working on reducing it) and would out last lots of thin people in my gym for the same hour of work.

A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
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Kickboxing Certified Instructor
Been in fitness industry for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition
April 22, 2013 10:08 AM
Ha!!! Love it!!! You have the type of attitude everyone should have :)
April 22, 2013 10:09 AM
I LOVE THIS!!!! It drives me insane to think that, in my own sort of way, I, oftentimes validate those feelings and judgements. For many months now, I have elected to only run very early in the morning, as not to be seen. I also refused to take off my jacket off in 100 degree weather. I have run a half marathon as well, BUT, I guess in a maddening way, I have been duped to believe I can not run.

You have inspired me and i'm going to take steps to work on my thinking here. Of COURSE heavier women can run! Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!

Edited by redrose129 On April 22, 2013 10:09 AM
April 22, 2013 10:11 AM
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Edited by justal313 On April 22, 2013 10:12 AM
April 22, 2013 10:15 AM
This is a great post! Thank you for sharing and go get em lady ;)
April 22, 2013 10:18 AM
Anyone who runs knows that it's not a skinny body that makes a runner. It's the internal strength, willpower, determination, and hard work. It's how you feel inside that matters. You are an inspiration! I'm training for my first 1/2 right now, and I can only run intervals, with a minute to a minute and a half actually running, and I've had to build up to that! (And I'm not very heavy) I look forward to the day I can run like you! Keep up the great work!
April 22, 2013 10:40 AM
I am doing a 5K in June. I am very nervous about being overweight and trying to run. I pray I dont do to bad!
Edited by Southernbelle90 On April 22, 2013 10:40 AM
April 22, 2013 10:42 AM
I agree - YOU ROCK!!
April 22, 2013 10:44 AM
love this and i agree YOU ROCK!!!
April 22, 2013 10:47 AM
You are wonderful. I agree with everything you said 100% - "no matter how slow you run, you're still doing laps around the person sitting on the couch!!" I am doing my first 10k next Sunday and your post gave me a little push of confidence. thank you!
April 22, 2013 10:48 AM
Love it!!!!

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