Hi! I’m Jill Angie, and I’m the resident running coach at Not Your Average Runner.
When I first started running in 1998, I wanted to lose weight. Running was simply a means of efficiently burning calories. It wasn’t fun, and it felt like punishment. And of course, I didn’t stick with it.
Over the years I started and stopped a number of times. In 2009, and weighing close to 300 pounds, I started again…and I stuck with it. What was different? I stopped thinking about running as a means to offset calories, and started looking at it as a way to build up my confidence and strength. Soon, running became a source of joy, even when it was difficult (which was most of the time in the early years!)
I became a triathlete and then a personal trainer. I also lost weight along the way.
But still, there was something missing. Although I felt like a runner, I didn’t see much representation in the running world for larger athletes. That’s when I knew it was time to start spreading the message that you can be a runner at any size, shape, age, pace or distance.
It’s time for us to step into the spotlight, and show the world what we can do!
If you’re a plus-size runner and proud of it, use the hashtag #NotYourAverageRunner to spread the word!