Why DO I Run?

“Why do you do this to yourself?” I remember my mum asking me that exact question after I finished my first half iron distance triathlon. She wasn’t the first, nor will she be the last to ask me that question. Recently, someone posed the question again, and I decided to think long and hard on…

Fat Shaming

I’ve been fortunate to not have been directly fat shamed since I’ve started running.  Or maybe I have, and just let it slide.  I know that so many others have, and not all of them have been exactly “fat.”  Celebrities Alyssa Milano and Jennifer Lawrence have been fat shamed. Seriously.  Who can forget the drama…

The beginning, ten years later

On 24 September, 2006 I finished my first endurance event at the Walt Disney World Olympic [distance] Triathlon. I was 37. The only running I had done in the 25 years between junior high track and then was what was required in gym class, errands and chasing after my kids. I had gained weight with…