October 29, 2015
Last month we showcased a first time marathon runner as our runner of the month feature sponsored by UFit protein drinks, but this month to show we don’t discriminate at all I want to highlight an extraordinary lady on the other end of the distance and experience scale, a lady who has had to overcome a whole heap of challenges to keep on with her running ambitions. Size 18 Marina Hubble happens to be an old school friend of my sister Jennie so I have known her for a while…and I have to say she is one of my most vocal supporters in East London.
When did you start running and why? I’m more of a power walker really but I am attempting to run. I saw what Julie was doing on Facebook via her sister’s page and I thought it was pretty cool. When she put a call out looking for models to show off her new kit I thought what the heck and gave it a shot. We had a fab time down in the Docklands with some of the blogs other followers, and I even did a bit of running.
Did you run a lot when you were younger? No, I’ve never really run a at all.
What do you love and hate about the sport of running? I love the feeling you get when you’ve completed a race and even just the energy rush you get during a training session. I also like wearing my Too Fat to Run hoodies and vests and seeing the reactions I get from people…some are baffled, but mainly I just get a whole heap of support and they keep me motivated.
How often do you run? I power walk as often as I can, I’m attempting to start the running thing but I have to be very careful as I had a very bad ankle injury last September so I can’t overdo it. I have just joined Julie’s 5 weeks to 5K challenge with about 70 other women, we are coming to the end of week 1 and everyone is really doing well…who knows I might even be running by the end of it.
What kind of distances do you run in training? My regular walk is approx. 4.5 miles, and often around Wanstead Flats in East London which is a lovely space where I get to clear my head while listening to music pumpig through my headphones.
Do you parkrun? No not yet (although I might try and convince her to do one at the end of the 5 weeks to 5K programme)
Have you taken part in any races? I did the RFL 10K this July in Hyde Park and managed to raise a grand total of £471, I also did the Colour Run Night in September and loved every single minute of getting covered head to toe in paint, however I’ve decided it really doesn’t taste very nice.
Have you had any negative experiences whilst out running? I’ve had a few people make comments about being fat but as I told one of them, you can fix fat but you can’t fix ugly.
What is your ultimate running goal and whats stopping you from getting there? To get running in the first place, I’m working my best to get there. I suppose the fear of damaging my ankle again or not being able to finish a race I’ve signed up for.
What’s more important to you and why? Frequency, running or distance of running? Everything, it’s what gives me the motivation to keep going….I am also a member of The Clubhouse which means I am surrounded by other awesome plus sized runners so that keeps me on track and makes sure I am not slacking.
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? Stop making size such an issue, they need to give more support and provisions. A lot of women are so embarrassed to actually start which actually hinders their efforts and puts them off doing exercise. Thats what I love about Julie’s campaign…its for everyone, she doesn’t blame or shame overweight women and just encouraged them to do their best.
What are the biggest barriers for plus sized women? Finding proper fitting clothes and the prices are usually a lot more for plus sized clothing, they can also be very frumpy looking. I love my bright TFTR kit, it makes me feel good and encourages to see myself as an athlete, even if I’m not at the running stage just yet.
What would you say to other runners just starting out?Have a look at the blog posts first for motivation and then just be brave enough to don those running trainers and just get out there and give it a go. Once I put my earphones on and crank my music up I’m in my own little world and NOTHING can put me off, I love the good feeling I get and the main thing is I feel healthier and better about myself.
Has the Fat Girls Guide to Running helped you in any way, if so how? MOST DEFINITELY!!!! It’s made me realise that it’s not that actually that difficult to exercise and I’ve had so many people come and tell me how much weight I’ve lost recently, I’ve also noticed the big difference in my clothes and how often my knickers keep falling down. Lol
As part of our new partnership with the Protein Company we will be sending you some uFit protein drinks to help with your training. Have you used protein drinks before and how do you think you might get on with them?
I love making smoothes and have tried a few different protein drinks to help with recovery, but not uFit so I am looking forward to giving them a whirl…please send me the chocolate ones though as I am allergic to strawberries (phew glad she told me that)
If you know someone awesome like Marina who would make a great Runner of the Month why not put them forward for November by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org