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It’s that time of the month again where we get to showcase an awesome member of our running community. 

I was lucky enough to meet this lovely lady when she came on my retreat last spring, and have seen her at numerous events and races since including the EuroDisney Half, Women’s Running 10K and my recent training day in Hyde Park.

I love her and you will too xx

I present Egle Norkute who is 35 and lives in London 

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When did you start running and why? It’s 5 years now. There are 2 parts why I started running. First part was that everyone that I was working with seemed to be running or doing some other kind of exercise. I was hugely against running. Thought that there was nothing worse than running. Swimming, bike riding, gym – anything would be better than running But I guess I was intrigued by it. And then came the second part (which might’ve been influenced a little bit by alcohol). My sister-in-law took me to an event that was thrown by the Lithuanian runners that did Sierra Leone Marathon. Somehow it was the first time that I stumbled upon charity runs too (there’s not a lot of charity in my country). And I got inspired. Signed up for a race and started off running. In the cold, snow and in wrong shoes and race bra (such novice!). How wrong I was about it being boring! I was scared about running 5k, let alone the 10k race that I signed up for. All went well, especially when the first medal was well deserved.

Did you run a lot when you were younger? Only in school and hated it so very much.

What do you love and hate about the sport of running? Love being outdoors, no matter what the weather. Love the fact that everything changes when you run, you go past everything and still can enjoy the surroundings. That you can listen to music or podcast or books, whatever the case is. Love that it can be done anywhere and anytime, it being 2am or 5pm. It is the most versatile and easiest sport to do (none of the home workouts stuck with me). Love the community, love the races, especially the fun ones.28383294_10211326041731135_810980690_n

I do hate the injuries. And the price of running shoes.

How often do you run? Try to run 3-4 times a week. But of course there are cases when I can’t manage even 1 run for a month.

What kind of distances do you run in training? During the weekdays it’s 7k, and then during weekend would be 10-18k, depending on if I’m training or not.

Do you parkrun? (if so which one) No, never done it.

We know you recently took part in a Half Marathon, could you tell us about your experiences with training, motivation etc.   This was the Disney half marathon. Marathon is still in progress, it’s going to be the Lochness marathon. It’s going to be …. Interesting… But the Disney half marathon was absolutely amazing! Whoever is in doubt of running it, please don’t be afraid. It’s an easy flat route and the course is nothing like you’ll ever experience. Had such a fantastic time and couldn’t stop taking photos of everything.28381796_10211326041771136_1585383293_n

Have you had any negative experiences whilst out running? Not really. Sometimes I think that I have the worst resting bitch face, so people are afraid to hackle me (love this)

What are your biggest fears or concerns about being a plus sized runner? Injuries. Although of course it is unavoidable for any size of runners, but it’s not easy for us to speed up without greater risks. So I’m just being slow and jeffing along the way.

What is your ultimate running goal and what is stopping you from getting there? Think I want to be faster. Want to run a 10k in an hour or less. Loosing weight would help with that, so I’m trying little by little to improve that. Although that is going super slowly. But everytime I speed up, the next day I get horrible shin splits. Hills is another thing that I still need to conquer, especially when Lochness has quite a few of them.  But the super duper ultimate goal of all time would be to run the 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.

What’s more important to you and why? Frequency, running or distance of running? It’s a hard choice…. Maybe distance? But then also how quick I can cover that distance. But then the speed comes from the frequency.

What could the government, local authorities, sports clubs etc do to encourage more people to take up running and sport, especially overweight and inactive women? I always miss lights along the paths and parks during winter time. Or just more paths for walking/running/cycling. If there are NHS/sport clubs ads, that they would include all sizes in the photos. Saying that all levels are welcome is not always directly understood. When ads are showing the all fit people that can be off putting. Companies should be offering some kind of reward or challenge scheme. The previous company that I worked for used to have stepping challenges, that would always get people moving a lot more.

What are the biggest barriers for plus sized women? I’d say it’s themselves. They themselves need to find the time and courage to go out. Having company to go out with for a run is always a good way to start. Signing up for a race has started me going.28449834_10211326041891139_309612605_n

What would you say to other runners just starting out? Sign up for a race. I know I’ve said this before, but that’s what kept me going. And tell EVERYONE! The more people know, the better. And find a thing that makes you enjoy it. I started off with Zombies run app. So I used to want to go out just to listen to the storyline.

What have you learned about yourself through running? I can do so much. And I’m much stronger than what I thought. And that so many things are like running. Work, life – everything.

How has being a member of the Clubhouse helped you in any way, if so how? I love the clubhouse! Made so many friends through it. So many unexpected races. Went to the first retreat, which was amazing. Went to Spitfire and Disney last year, which gave some fantastic memories. Would not have done anything like this without the clubhouse.

 

If you would like to join Egle and a bunch of other awesome runners just like her, sign up to our online running club The Clubhouse. Throughout March our members are taking over The Fat Girls Guide to Running with daily blogs sharing their experiences, views, opinions and inspirational stories…I can’t wait to see what they have to say.

By becoming a member you could also become a guest blogger and be part of this wonderful community that inspires other women wherever they go

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