“Too Fat to Run” Julie Creffield
Julie is a marathon runner and has been for over ten years. She’s also plus size – Size 18. Her doctors told her she was too unfit to run after she pulled a muscle in her back. She was so inspired to prove the doctor wrong, three weeks later she ran the London Marathon and later founded a website “The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running” at toofattorun.co.uk.
The idea is to inspire people to get out and exercise. Overweight people are particular risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke among other health concerns. Julie’s site is part running club, part blog, part motivational speaker booking agency. She’s all about getting plus size women out and active, running for their health.
Yesterdays entry was about speed. She’s actively reaching out to women to try out different techniques for increasing their running speed. Consider this: instead of advising other plus size women they’re too unfit to be running, she’s encouraging them to be out there and active. Not only active: faster. If they want to be.
I always say to women that are just starting out that your running speed doesn’t matter, the most important thing is to get out there as often as you can and to learn to enjoy the sport regardless of any improvements of speed or distance.
Its incredibly important to find empowerment when perhaps you’re feeling vulnerable. The last thing someone needs to hear is that they can’t do something. Here’s someone asking people to get out there, be active, and enjoy themselves. To continue to work toward their goals. Consider this tidbit from the CDC: “Physical activity reduces risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes beyond that produced by weight reduction alone.”
It’s more important to be active to reduce the risks of heart disease. Julie is out there encouraging women to get out there and be active.