“I certainly don’t fit into what some may see as “ideal” runner shape. Often, when I tell people I am a runner, I get looked up and down, usually met with skepticism that I am a runner. What they don’t know is that I’ve finished 1 full marathon, 5 half marathons, numerous 5 and 10 k races and I strength train 2-3 times a week.”
These are some of the runners that we’ve met so far. Do you see yourself reflected here? What’s a runner look like? Look in the mirror: if you’re reading this, odds are a runner looks just like you.
“I started running to lose weight and set the example for my kids about being active. I was 80lbs heavier but I ran just as proudly then as I do now. Today I run to be active, stay healthy and maintain my mental health too!”
“I’ve been running for quite a few years now as a plus size runner. I still get the comment; wow, you run??? It’s very annoying to be honest. I always say you can be a runner at any weight or size.”
“I started running again in April 2015, I could hardly complete a 3 km run. But I stuck to it and last October 22nd I completed my first Marathon in Toronto. I am so proud of my accomplishment. I do not have the body of what people expect a Marathoner to look like but here I am. This year I have run 1613 km so far. In 2017, I participated in 9 races. It’s been a great year for me. I am 54 years old and I feel better then when I was in my 30.”