Following the launch of our latest #iwontcompromise video, Not typical runner, everyone has been asking us about this runner, Jill Angie.
Jill Angie has been running for over 18 years. Four years ago, she left her high-profile job to be become a professional trainer and running coach for plus-size women. After such a bold decision, we had to ask her 3 questions:
What was your biggest obstacle?
Fear of failure. Several years ago, I wanted to train for a half-marathon. But I didn’t know if I could finish, because I’d never heard of anyone my size doing it. I signed up for one and then chickened out. The next year, I decided that I didn’t want to be a woman that used her fear as an excuse not to follow her dreams. So I signed up again, and trained my heart out. I finished my race and never looked back.
Were there people who didn’t believe you could do it?
Absolutely! Here’s my favourite: While training for my first triathlon, my boss actually laughed out loud at me for trying. He warned me how hard it was going to be, and that I needed to be prepared to come in last or not even finish. He didn’t take me seriously at all and thought I’d give up (he’d never actually done a triathlon himself, so I’m sure he was projecting his own insecurities on me). The day after I finished (and was not last, either), I did a victory dance in his office. I guess I’ve always been fortunate when it comes to the non-believers. No matter what they say, I choose not to believe them, and instead use their words as motivation. I say “Watch me.” It’s really fun to prove them wrong.
What advice would you give to plus-size women who want to start running?
Just put your shoes on and try it for 15 seconds. Then walk for a minute, and repeat that for 20 minutes. Go at your own speed. There’s no rule book that says runners have to go fast or far. They just have to run. Do it in a way that feels good to you and don’t worry what anyone else thinks.
Feeling inspired? You can follow Jill Angie on her Facebook page Not Your Average Runner.