Thursday, July 16, 2015
In Other News...
Not necessarily about sewing (although maybe a bit because I want to get into sewing my own exercise and running clothes) or knitting (unless you consider people who literally knit and run), but I can't stop looking at the latest cover of Women's Running. The link's been open on my computer all day, and I keep going back to look at it. According to this article, the magazine's been making a buzz because they chose to feature a plus-sized model for their August cover.
It's apparently connected to an article about how popular athletic clothing brands are starting to provide more sizes of running gear (omg that's fantastic!), but also to show that not all runners are the lithe figures usually associated with runners. The model here, Erica Schenk, has been running for a decade.
I...can't believe how inspiring this is! I finally understand why people talk about the need for more representation in the media. I mean, I've always understood in my head that representation of different types of people are important, but it's never hit me so hard as it did to see someone closer to my shape looking strong and powerful like this in a magazine.
Whitehorse has a large community of very intense, hard-core runners. I have a buddy who is a big time, dedicated marathon runner, who travels all over Canada and the USA for races. She runs up to something like 75 km a week while in training, and she's pretty quick too. But in her weekly running groups, which can number up to 60 people? She's usually in the bottom 5 runners. BOTTOM FIVE. How does a beginner, and one in pretty poor shape, even start? How the heck do you find the motivation, especially when you've been told before that "you have the wrong body for running"?
Well, this is one way. I think I'm going to dust off my running shoes and hit the trails tomorrow morning. :) CONSIDER ME INSPIRED.
(And maybe also inspired to buy some patterns from Fehr Trade!)