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busting down stereotypes

Posted by fatgirlonarun on January 29, 2010

So last night I had a drink with three women. One is a close friend, another is a new friend and the third is someone I’d never met before. We had beer and pizza and caught up on each other’s lives, and somewhere in there my close friend asked me whether my boyfriend and I had any trips planned. I said no – well, other than going to Nashville for the marathon.

The woman I didn’t know grinned, interested, and said: “Oh, is your boyfriend a runner?”

I almost said no. I don’t think of Matt as a runner. We’re just doing this thing, but we’re not actually runners, you know? And then, in the split second before I said anything, I remembered that I’m a runner too, and I realized that she had looked at me and assumed that I wasn’t. So I said “Yeah, actually, we both are. I’m doing a half marathon and he’s doing the full and it’s the first time for both of us.”

It was so awesome. She was totally great about it, asked me how I was enjoying the training, got excited when I told her I was running with Team in Training, wanted my info so she could make a donation. But I loved nailing her a little bit, catching her assuming, because I’m fat, that I’m not a runner. And hell, if I’m doing 13.1 miles I am absolutely, fully, completely in the fold. I’m a runner!

I’m just going to include the link to donate at the bottom of every post from now on. I know I don’t have many readers yet, and I know it’s a lot to expect of folks I don’t know at all… but it’s for a great cause, donations are completely safe and 100% tax deductible. Just click here and you’ll be taken to my fundraising page for the Leaukemia and Lymphona Society. Thank you!


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