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Obese Running...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A few days ago I stumbled across a write up about how an obese individual was self conscious about running. He was afraid of people laughing or making snide remarks... This hit very close to home for me.

When I first started to run I was pretty big. I've had people laugh at me when I told them I started running. I've had strangers make remarks as I was running. I've had people laugh, and at times even go as far as make racist remarks. It was rough, but I got through it.

I was determined to meet every challenge. At first it was to run for 5 minutes straight! Then it moved up gradually and before I knew it... I was running further and further than I ever had before.

It's interesting how humans are supposed to be this superior being, yet we treat each other like crap. We do this for many reasons, ignorance mainly. It's a sad commentary when another person is going to poke fun at someone who is only trying to better themselves. It's awful.

I had/have a thick skin, but I know a lot of people don't. I see people every year who are self conscious about their running. I always try to say something positive. I want them to succeed. I want them to gain confidence and improve themselves as I did.

I hope the next time you see that larger person who's starting out... that one person with their head down, looking at the ground in front of them, sweat dripping off their soaked hair, that you'll acknowledge their efforts for what it is... amazing. Something as simple as a thumbs up can make a difference... remember that.
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    I learned to equally hate and fear running. As a shy, self conscious girl I was watched, judged, and received comments while running because of my chest size. You don't have much choice regarding running while in PE. Do it or fail the class. After years of putting up with that abuse I swore I would never run again. Fast forward many years and many pounds, I heard about C25K. I thought I'd give it a whirl. I started out in my bedroom with my door locked, jogging in place. I wasn't about to go to the gym and put myself in a position to be mocked again. The time eventually came that jogging in place wasn't enough, I needed to either go outside and jog or use a treadmill. The treadmill seemed the lesser of the two evils. I did it and was so proud of myself. I eventually had to stop because of an unrelated injury. I was always a "fit" fat person but recently my doctor told me that my blood pressure has been steadily rising and I've developed anxiety, fearing a heart attack. So working out, to me at least, has become a do or die thing. I had decided months ago that I wouldn't run again (I don't have the build to be a runner and I hate running), but recently I feel like my workouts aren't giving me everything I need. I breathe hard, I sweat, I'm tired afterwards, etc. But I don't think they're pushing me hard enough. Thanks in part to your blog, I think it's time I re-started the C25K.
    1885 days ago
  • BILL60
    Well said. The encouragement goes a long way.
    1886 days ago
  • TLG71567
    I am working on walking right now. I will have to work up to running. It's funny though, when I was young and skinny, I was still embarrassed to run in front of people. It's sad how much we let other people's opinions affect our actions. You should be proud of yourself for not worrying about what others thought of you and for showing compassion for others who are in the same boat.
    1886 days ago
    Thank you for sharing!

    I jogged today for the first time in a long while and thought for a second. I hope those kids in the park don't laugh at me.

    But then I thought, who cares! I am bettering myself!
    1886 days ago
    I enjoyed reading this blog.
    1886 days ago
    I completely agree! I work with mentally ill young adults and I see so much ignorance and judgement from people.

    When I see a heavier person (and I am not a small woman myself) I am proud of them. It motivates me.

    The ones that judge or laugh are simply insecure and feel the need to separate themselves further from those they see as less than desirable. Too bad they are missing out on some truly powerful people who are putting themselves out there to change and better themselves in whatever way that may be.

    Fat doesn't mean dumb or heartless. Silly judgmental fools.
    1886 days ago
    No problem. I often think about the sight I make running agility with my dog - but then the joy of doing it takes over and I really don't care what others think!
    1886 days ago
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