We know running can be intimidating, especially for curvier women for a number of reasons. One of which is feeling vulnerable and judged by how we move and the fear we are not "doing it right." We're here to assure you that you can do it.
Everyone has that fear that they are too slow or they will never be able to complete even one mile. And yes, run-walking still makes you a runner! You'll find that the running community is very inclusive and supportive. And heck, you may have a great time doing it!
If you want to start running, but don't know where to begin, we have some tips below to start for the curvy runner:
Get the right gear!
Running is technically free, but there are 3 main essentials you need to start off:
- A great pair of running shoes. This is probably no.1. A great pair of running shoes will drastically improve the way you run and help to prevent injury. If you can, go to a running store to get your gait anayzed. They will observe how you run on a treadmill and advise on the best shoe for you based on your running style.
- A sturdy sports bra. A heavy duty sports bra is your best friend during a run. One of the best that we have found that our Lola Getts community uses quite often is Enell. They are truly worth the money.
- An amazing outfit! This of course is where we come in :D Our clothes are meant to stay in place no matter what activity you are doing. Since all our clothes are fit first on a real size 16 curvy model, you know the fit is designed for you. You don't have to worry about adjusting your clothes constantly during your run.
Form Over Speed
There is no need for speed especially when you are only racing yourself. Remember you are running for you and not anyone else. Focus on your form so you stay injury free. In fact you should start at a slower pace than you feel you need to go in the beginning so you can complete your workout.
Our friends at runkeeper have a wonderful beginners running program on their app you can use to start.
Listen to your body
If you are running with more weight, the most important thing you can do is to listen to your body. Do not ignore a potential injury to salvage your pride. If you feel like your joints or ankles may be at risk, take it easy or slow your pace.
Anti-Chafing Products are Your Friends
The satisfaction of a good run is hampered a bit by the pain of chafing. Body glide may be the go to for most runners. Apply it between the thighs, under-boobs, your back, inner-arms or anywhere else you may need it right before you go running.
We hope this helps on your fit journey! Remember that it's not a competition and that you are doing this for you and not anyone else. Happy running!