Hi, I’m Sallie, and I’m a former plus runner and triathlete. Now walker, hiker, biker, swimmer, and advocate for athletes at any size.
If you’ve landed here, it’s probably because, like me, you’re a Big Girl. Big is relative – you may be a size 12, or a 22. You may have never run a day in your life – or you may run every other day. But whatever the case, you’re here because you’re looking for something to help you become more active.
And that’s where I come in!
I began running in 1999, at the age of 24. I was 5’9, weighed 245 pounds, and wanted to keep up with my active friends. Since then, I’ve run 12 half marathons, another dozen triathlons, and taken up hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and lots of other low-impact, healthy sports. Recently, I’ve transitioned from running to hiking and swimming more, as a hip injury and extra weight made running a tough chore.
Over the years, I’ve started to recruit new friends to a more active lifestyle. Because, if we’ve learned anything, it’s that even if you’re a Big Girl, being active can save your life, improve your mood, and keep your heart healthy. What’s more, just because you’re overweight, doesn’t mean you’re not healthy! My goal is to encourage more future runners, walkers, hikers, to hit the road, and redefine your life as an active person.
Folks in large bodies who run – and keep running, and stay Big- are an anomoly. People in bigger bodies who are active, though, are not. The more I visited Weight Watchers message boards, new running groups, and the start line at races, the more I realized there was no ONE place for bigger athletes to get started as runners, walkers, generally ACTIVE people. And that’s why I started this site.
I think that we should all strive to be as healthy as possible – at ANY weight. We shouldn’t wait until we’re a size 10 or even a size 16 to get moving – because we CAN be active – and should be – regardless of the number on the scale.
We should also, frankly, be able to feel good about ourselves, and look good, doing it. The most used pages on this site are the “What to Wear” page above, and the Newbie’s Guide to Active Clothing. These are the places where I do my best to help you find clothing that makes you feel like the athlete you ARE! Why? Becuase it IS hard. Most big box stores don’t carry good clothes for active larger athletes – even if you can buy everything you want online – and smaller, specialty running stores rarely carry anything over an XL. Unfortunately, even if they DO carry the items, it’s rare we’ll know about it.
So if you’re looking for apparel, and inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. It’s been a long time since I wrote here, and I’m not certain how often I’ll be present in 2019, but I hope that you find what you’re looking for.
Thanks for reading, and welcome!