Hi, I’m Sallie, and I’m a plus runner. And walker, hiker, biker, swimmer, triathlete, kayaker, soccer player. You get the idea!
If you’ve landed here, it’s probably becuase, 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.
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.
Big Girls who run – and keep running, and stay Big- are an anomoly. Big Girls who are active, though, are not. The more I visited Weight Watchers message boards, new running groups, and bakeries (okay, not really bakeries) the more I realized there was no ONE place for Big Girls 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, along with Gear Deals, 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 Big Girls – 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. My friends comically refer to me as “The Gear Ho”, which, in polite terms, means I can outfit ANY Big Girl for ANY activity, at ANY time. I’m also full of advice for how to get started, and maintain, an active life.
I’d love to hear from you! Got questions? Comments? Let me know via the comments section. Want to know about how to get started in a particular sport? Ask! Or use the search box at the left to review old posts.
Got a question or care to drop me a line? Send me a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks for reading, and welcome!