A woman in the U.K. is on a mission to prove that bigger-sized women can run just as well as -- if not better than -- any person in shape.
Meet Julie Creffield, who signed up for the 2012 London marathon after years of struggling to get in shape. Her experience running in the event inspired her to create a blog, The Fat Girl's Guide to Running, to encourage her fellow plus-size runners.
She explains that in her 20s, she was very overweight and working on the Olympics. She felt like a bit of a hypocritce considering she was motivating people to get fit while she herself was not.
"I agreed to take part in a fun run, and about 30 seconds in I thought I was going to die. And as I kind of plodded around, huffing and puffing, some little kid said, 'Oi! Fatty! Run!'"
But that kind of bullying only pushed her hard to train and she completed that marathon in 2012. (She was a size 16 and had learned to run five to six years leading up to that point.)
Julie crossing the finish line at the 2012 London marathon
"What we need are practical solutions where women feel empowered to be more active and where exercise is seen as something enjoyable and fun rather than a chore and something we must do," she explained about her advice on her site to the Newham Recorder.
But even after years of training, she still has to jump over hurdles. For example, take her recent post on the Huffington Post. She visited her doctor after she'd pulled a muscle. He basically told her she was too fat to run and that she'd hurt herself even more if she continued. Medical professionals will suggest that any overweight person should work his/her way up to an intense exercise like a marathon, but at this point, Creffield wasn't a beginning runner and had much experience in training.
And guess what? She didn't let that derail her. In fact, she's still proving to this day that there's no such thing as being too fat to run.
Watch her inspiring story below:
Visit Julie's website here.
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