I’m a 25 year old female living in Coventry, UK. I’ve been been running since early October 2010 after getting fed up of feeling fat and ugly. I feel like my life is just taking off and want my body to reflect that. In March 2011 I’m due to run my first 5k race. I’m aiming to do a 10k by the end of 2011. Running is hard for me, being short and overweight, but I can do it, am doing it, and am (kind of) enjoying it.
I’ve started blogging to provide information to and hopefully inspire others to follow me. I’m hoping to track my running journey as well as provide advice and guidance to others, answering the questions I had when I started like will people stare at me? (No) Will I be able to get run wear to fit me? (Yes) Even with my chunky arms? (Even with your chunky arms, yes).
Why Fat Girl Running? Because that’s how I feel when I’m out on a run. I feel incredibly self-conscious every time I start, no matter how much weight I lose or how much quicker I get. I think a lot of women will identify with that, even if they’re not particularly overweight. When you first go out you do feel silly and you do feel like everyone is looking at you. But that’s something I always get over within a matter of minutes, and I’m sure that anyone else would too. I’m sure that with a little bit of practice anyone can enjoy running as much as I do, even on the days when your head just isn’t in it and you’d much rather have a nice sit down.
If you have any more questions or want my opinion on anything I haven’t yet covered please do e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to chat.