When I woke up and saw this empowering Women’s Running Magazine cover in my Facebook timeline, I squealed with delight.
And nope, I wasn’t even dreaming! Women’s Running Magazine is helping to dispel stereotypes of the “typical” runner by featuring the inspiring (and beautiful!) plus-size model Erica Schenk on the cover of its August issue, out next week. This is a groundbreaking move by a fitness magazine because it is so rare to see a plus sized woman on the cover of fitness magazines [period] It is awesome to see a woman that could be me on the cover and heck, maybe one day I can do the same thing. A girl can dream, right? Runners come in all shapes and sizes!
Editor-in-chief Jessica Sebor told TODAY.com that one of the issue’s features is about how popular athletic brands are expanding to produce running clothes in all different sizes. This is why I love being a Katie K Ambassador because their activewear encourages you look to look fabulous while you are working out. No matter your size.
Earlier this year, I was at a gathering and a friend was talking about how proud she was of me and my running when a “frenemy” looked me up and down and remarked “You.run.”
It was a statement. Not a question.
For one fleeting moment, I was embarrassed but then I smiled and confidently said “Yes, yes I do.“
This frenemy had never even ran a race but in her eyes, there was no way possible I could. But I know my worth and I know my work. As a new-ish runner this cover excites me. Having the support of groups like Running With Curves and Black Girls Run and not falling into the one-size-fits-all thinking has helped me appreciate running more and be proud of what my curvy body is capable of. When I’m running on the road or at a finish line, I see women of all shapes and sizes doing the darn thing and I LOVE IT!