IN THE MEDIA
14 September 2019
We are surrounded in the media and in advertising by images of what it is to be a female athlete: slender, toned and (usually) young. I am not that person and for many years I struggled to find my place in the outdoors.
When you are a fat person you face judgment at every turn. There are no technical clothes that fit and, even if non-intentional, it feels like the outdoors community doesn’t want you. When you do turn up, there is an assumption that the main or only reason to be there is that you are trying to lose weight. Instead of bringing joy through participation, there is often nothing but shame.
But then I found the trail running community.