What d’ya call 20 fat ladies running in a park?

No it’s not a joke, it’s what happened yesterday as part of the first ever Fat Girl Run Clinic – a unique 1 day running retreat for plus sized runners. About a year ago I wondered if there was such a thing after looking into running retreats myself. I was too worried about my speed … Continue reading

Watch out Alan Sugar

Money has never been that important to me, but that being said I’ve been aware of it from quite an early age and always managed to find a way of acquiring it some how. Aged 7 I used to convince my sister that my handful of coppers were more valuable than her shiny ÂŁ1 coin. … Continue reading

Run Hackney 2014

Half marathons are few and far between in good old London Town and that is for a number of reasons, but in part because logistically it is very complex and expensive to close off roads in the city that pretty much doesn’t sleep. But during the London 2012 Olympic games a lot of boroughs learnt … Continue reading

Get your “Too Fat to Run?” T-Shirts & Hoodies NOW!!!

So it really is happening folks. Last night I spent the early evening frolicking with 9 amazing women in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on a fun photoshoot wearing my new “Too Fat to Run?” clothing range. OK…clothing range may be pushing it a bit…but “Too Fat to Run?” is a concept and we are … Continue reading

What kind of runner are you?

Last year the BBC published a list of the 10 different types of runners there are, unfortunately the only reference to women of size was the use of running for weight-loss, I mean its impossible to think that us larger ladies simply just like running for the sake of it, with or without the weight-loss. Here is … Continue reading

Dances with Fat

Last night I asked the following question over on our active Facebook page “Who knows what #HAES stands for” It was met with a few wise arse comments, a couple of “I dunno’s” and a few “I knows” If truth me known a year ago I didn’t know what it meant either, as it is … Continue reading

Runner of the Month – Zoe Davies

Runner of the month

  When did you start running and why? I always got out of cross country due to Asthma and other illness when I was younger, and anyway I hated running and PE at school and the thought of it made me feel physically sick. But in September 2013 I started running again in preparation for … Continue reading

The Zen of Getting Drenched!!

Rain, rain go away come again another day. That is the song I found myself singing to my daughter over this bank holiday weekend as the weather put a stop to some of the fun activities we had planned. There’s one thing for me to head out into the rain for hours on end but … Continue reading

Fast versus Fun…the “Proper Runner” saga continues.

Ok so firstly let’s get one thing straight, the twitter debate last weekend between myself and Jason Henderson (editor or Athletics Weekly) was nothing at all to do with the concept of “Fun” runners, that is not a term you will ever hear me use, neither do I describe myself as “a Fat Jogger” else … Continue reading

Welcome to the Matrix

So I had a real Matrix moment today. I was sitting on the steps of Westfield Stratford soaking up the sun whilst enjoying my lunch and killing some time before my mums on the run session which I lead in the Olympic Park each Wednesday. I was watching the crowds buzzing around Stratford tube station … Continue reading

Why inspiration is a funny thing

I love watching athletics, I always have. Even before I got into running I found it therapeutic to just veg out on the sofa and watch athletes at their peak competing for medals and world records, but funnily enough it never inspired me to get off my arse and start running myself, which I am sure is … Continue reading

Why EVEN you should get proper trainers fitted (Part 2)

So if you remember a few posts back I told you all about the process of going for GAIT analysis and Sweatshop sorting me out with a pair of shiny new running shoes in exchange for a review of the process. Well I decided to break the blog post up into two parts because the … Continue reading

Warning: Jogger/Plodder = Not Real Runner

It’s not often that I blog twice in one day, especially not on a Saturday when most blogs go unread anyway, in fact it may well be because it is a Saturday that the indiscretion I want to discuss has gone largely unnoticed. But I have to vent and bring it to your attention. So … Continue reading

How to end parkrun fear FOREVER!!

I have been doing parkrun since 2008 when a friend encouraged me to go to Wimbledon Common to take part, I didn’t realise at that point that there were ones closer to me, but it was worth the early morning schlep across town and signalled the start of a new way of spending my Saturday … Continue reading

Why you should always run your local Half Marathon

So the half marathon is my absolute favourite distance when it comes to races and today I have been tallying up just how many half marathons I have done over the years, and in fact it is less than I thought. A grand total of 9 (unless I have forgotten some) Run to the Beat x … Continue reading

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