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This afternoon the original blog www.thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com ceased to exists as we transferred the site over to this new and ever so shiny new one, if you just clicked on the link you will see what I mean. So anyway,  in the hour just prior to the change over earlier today I spent some time going over the old site reminiscing about the early days and remarking on how far it has come. statscountries statsYou can see from the stats that over the past few years it has had well over 200,000 hits with readers from all over the globe, not bad for someone who didn’t even know what a blog was before setting it up. My first ever post When will I learn got less than 10 hits, and I didn’t get my first comment for months after that so it wasn’t like the blog was an over night success, no, it was more of a slow burner with it taking quite some time for people to start following what I was doing with any interest. But it still blows my mind that more than 10,000 people have read my 10 Easy Ways to Start Running post since its creation in August 2013. In all honesty the blog was never designed to be something read by strangers anyway, it was supposed to be more of a way to keep a record of my training and the highs and lows of trying to lose weight and become a proper runner – but you know all this already right? I got thinking today about how you guys came to find the blog, what drew you in and what made you keep coming back. I wondered if there was anyone still here from those early days that have followed the blog for more than a couple of years. So I thought perhaps to mark the end this first chapter we could play a game, hey I will even throw in a prize. It works like this 1. You must leave me a comment below 2. Tell me who and where you are 3. How you came across my blog and when (roughly) 4. If there were any particular blog posts you liked and why (if you can remember any) and here’s the important (prize-winning) bit 5. Give me a suggestion (ie a title) for my next blog post JC Docklands Finals LR-51I will choose my fave 3 ideas and post them over the next few weeks, and the lucky 3 winners will get a free “Too Fat to Run”  technical running vest (worth £25) with Free shipping (wherever you are in the world) for your efforts. Come on peeps, let me see where my loyal fans are.

  1. August 11, 2014

    I’m Allison from Louisiana in the U.S. I found your blog from a feature on jezebel. I had been run/walking for a few months, but your website has inspired me to get more serious about training. I love the support of the OneBigFatRun too! Favorite posts include the “Outrageous” 10K and product reviews. I’d love tips for managing increasing distance as I get ready to go from doing a 5K to a 10K. Maybe you could call it “She’s Going the Distance, She’s Going for Speed?”

  2. August 11, 2014

    I’m Lucy from Hartlepool, UK. I’m a fat parkrun run director. I came across your blog about 3 months ago when I was looking for some info after being asked by other fat – but fit! – parkrunners the best online sites for support/motivation.
    I’ve been hooked ever since!
    How about a post; ‘running is for life, not just for Summer?’ It may be a bit early, but as summer ends and the weather worsens, info about other exercises to do to maintain your core strength /aid your running technique / to run and motivation to get you actually out there where the weather agrees with those nagging voices in your head that it would be easier to ‘couch potato’ instead?

    • Love that title Lucy, so for that reason alone you are also winner of one of the Too Fat to Run Vest and the blog post will be on the site very soon. Please get in touch by email to claim your prize and well done again xxx

  3. August 11, 2014

    Hi my name is Lou . I live in Worthing in Sussex. I found your site after clicking on a link in a post on the C25k forum. It was just over 4 weeks ago when I was trying to get the courage to start jogging! Your website helped motivate me to start! I am completely new at all this so I am loving all the tip posts like the gait analysis, park run ones.

  4. August 10, 2014

    HI, My name is Laura. I live in Kansas City in the U.S. One day just sitting around I decided to Google ‘fat running’ or something like that and up came your site. I’ve pretty much love all of your posts but really enjoyed the posts about mum on the run. “I am a mum on the run, because if not I’d be a mum on my bum’. The whole blog just hit me so true. Just what I need to hear on days that I feel guilty for putting aside 30 minutes a day to myself to workout. Thank You! Here my suggestion. The vicious cycle: I need to run to lose weight, but I need to lose weight to make my run easier. My feet hurt my body aches and my run is as fast as most people walk. Sure I know if I lose 50 lbs it would be easier and faster, but what do I do in the mean time when I’m working by butt off trying to get there.
    I just wanna say thanks for all you do and all the support you give us. It is so nice to know I am not alone in this journey. PS I really really really love the GREEN vest! (hint, hint)

  5. August 10, 2014

    I found your website via WordPress and I’ve been following it for at least a year. I live in New York State and I had “the pitfalls of being an overweight runner” in my bookmarks. Last year I lost 10 pounds running, but we had a terrible winter and I gained it all back. Your blog really inspires me!

  6. Claire from Derby

    I stumbled across your blog recently looking for similar blogs in WordPress

    I enjoy reading your race reviews and your rants, I enjoyed your review on the running mat – why oh why?, the Chafree blog was very apt except I chaffed my underarm on Tuesday not my thighs (for a change) But my favourite blog was the Zen of Getting Drenched – why? Because I am someone who *shock* struggles with running but I love to run in the rain and you will see me with a big smile on face. On Tuesday in the thunder and the downpour, water dripped off me and when it dried I actively sought out puddles (strictly as OCR wet feet training). My favourite line is at the end “you might be surprised at how alive it makes you feel” – because that’s exactly how I feel, that and cleansed.

    Your next blog post – well personally I want a Tough Mudder review with 1) your fav obstacle 2) your least fav obstacle 3) how long it took for the mud to wash out 4) your war wounds (I have never walked away without a new wound) 5) how many times you were manhandled (helpfully)

    The title of which should be toomuddytowashonce – I’m not great at wordplay 🙁

  7. August 8, 2014

    I’m Nikki, from London, I started following your blog a little over a year ago after hearing about it from your old Weight Warcheds Leader & then finally having the pleasure of meeting you and running with you in person

    I have two favourite blog post of yours, the first one about #onebigfatrun, your dream of getting 1 million plus sized runners running in a 24hr period is so inspiring and I honestly beleive you will achieve that one day, my 2nd is your account of this years Brighton Marathon, I don’t know why but just thinking about you running in Brighton, brings tears to my eyes, the fact you kept pushing even though you were exhausted and the photo of you with your running club buddies is probably what gets me, them running along side you in jeans etc just shows what I giant family the running community is and I know you’ll always get those that think if you can’t do a marathon in 3.5hrs your not a runner but you’ll get many more that will be there to cheer you I just for getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other and keeping moving

    What would I like your next blog post title to be ..

    For me I’d say Motivation Inspiration, I’m struggling at the moment to find the motivation to run, I have races book which I run but I’m doing no running in between I favs lost all my motivation so if love ideas on how I get that back

    Or how about ‘You don’t have to be fat to be ‘to fat to run’ I know your blog is primarily aimed at people who would consider themselves to big to run but even though I had a healthy BMI I still read it each week with interest, unfortunately I do currently fall into the ‘to fat to run’ category but I have to be honest I do sometimes feel I’m not ‘fat’ enough to be part of the group, which is why I didn’t volunteer for your photo shoot, but that’s ridiculous as I’m currently a size 16 which IS big for me but a size 12 could be big for others & I know so many ‘smaller’ people who find your blog inspiring

    • Hi Nikki

      You are not alone in thinking this way. You have been a great supporter or me and what I am trying to do and I admire your commitment to getting fit and training for your marathon.

      The Too Fat to Run family is open to everyone regardless of size, in fact the size part of it is the least important thing, its just for anyone who believes that running and exercise generally should be open for everyone at whatever size.

      Thanks for being so honest in your comments

  8. August 8, 2014

    Hi, I’m Emily Steele from Decatur, Illinois, U.S. I follow a lot of fitness blogs/twitter accounts/facebook page for work (I’m a health reporter) and pleasure. One of them linked to your blog a few months ago.
    There wasn’t any particular post that stands out for me, I just love the overall vibe: love your body in any size and treat it well through exercise.
    I’d love to see you write about what to say to the naysayers/nonrunners in your life who just don’t understand that you don’t have to be a certain size to be a runner. They just generally seem confused when appearances don’t match the mileage.

  9. August 7, 2014

    I’m Steph, from Devon.

    I remember a lady who follows me on twitter introduced ing us, and I added you to my blog reader from there.

    I enjoy your reviews, whether it is running products or races. I actually bought the Panache sports bra based on your review, and I am pretty chuffed with it.

    Next blog post? I would like a guide to fuelling a half marathon plan. There is so much that I just don’t get, like when you should start fuelling, what with, how do you carry it on you. Alternatively an autumn/winter running wardrobe post.

    Keep up the great work Julie!

    • Hi Steph…congratulations you are a winner of one of the Too Fat to Run Vests and I will be using a combination of your ideas on the website very soon. Please get in touch by email to claim your prize and well done xxx

  10. August 7, 2014

    Hi – brand new here – I came across your website through a link on FB. At the same time, I had just committed myself to a couch to 5 k program – a nice coinicidence. I was really taken by the title “Getting through the First 30 seconds” – I always have to convince myself to run to the next tree, etc. I look forward to reading it.

    As for a blog idea, I would be interested in information on cold weather running, and treadmill tips. (I can barely walk on one without falling off 😉 )

  11. August 7, 2014

    I’m Charlene – I’m from Ware, MA USA – I found your blog through facebook and have been following you for a little over a year, I guess.
    I love your writing style and honesty.

    I think 2 posts I’d like to read are, finding the courage to join a running group and not worrying that I’m too slow or that I have to take walk breaks.
    And not beating myself up for not doing or cutting short a workout. We all do it I’m sure.

    I think the post I remember the most is the one with the video of you running on the boardwalk. I picture that when I’m out running and maybe having a bit of a hard time.
    You inspire me to do better Julie – thank you for that.


  12. Hi I’m Caroline from Belper in Derbyshire and I’m coming to your Chesterfield day … Most excited. I have been following you for about 4-5 months, I really can’t remember how I discovered you. Sorry 🙁
    I loved your chafing blog recently, in fact I have read back over some of your older ones and like your writing style.
    How about advise for new runners as to how to find local groups to run with? We run a beginners jogging group and almost without exception our people would not join a running club but once they discover us they are so pleased to find a group that are supportive and aimed at their level. Not the right place for everyone and I’m sure there are other places and groups(including running clubs) who are welcoming and perfect for them.

    Plus sized clothing is also a good one, where to get , cheaper v quality etc.

    See you soon.:-)

  13. August 7, 2014

    Selby North Yorkshire!

    I would like some info on best running shoes please!

  14. August 7, 2014

    1) your posts are the first things I check in the morning since they make me smile and keep me motivated
    2) I’m a blonde living in South Africa trying to break the perception just because I’m a plus size I can’t run
    3) I found your blog when I was googling up a storm trying to find advice on how to train when you not a size )
    4) I enjoy reading
    New Girl Running Aka Jelly Legs http://kirstyjanealexander.wordpress.com/author/kirstyjanealexander-2/
    Run for cookies
    5) Something about how to deal with unsensitive comments when we run although we properly fitter than most of the people – Title: “Don’t you wish you were fit like me?” (LOL imagine “don’t you wish” music)

    • Hi Tinks…happy to tell you that you are a winner of one of the Too Fat to Run Vests and that your idea for a blog post “Don’t you wish you were Fit like me” will be seen on the website ASAP. Please get in touch by email to claim your prize and well done again xxx

  15. August 7, 2014

    I came across your blog about a month ago on facebook. I LOVE your blog and the promotion of running for people of all different shapes and sizes. I live in the US, working mom of 4, and “wog” (cross between jog & walk) regularly. I completed my 1st half marathon in 2013 and have done 2 more since. I encourage my children to run with me & to enjoy physical activity.

    Your blog is personal to me, as I have maintained a 140lb weight loss over the past 4 1/2 years. I wish I had discovered the joy of running years ago.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

  16. August 6, 2014

    Hello! The new website is looking very professional! Very much looking forward to the run clinic in sept and hope I won’t embarrass myself!
    I’m Claire, 31, living with my partner in south East London. I came across you and your blog when Tanni Grey-Thompson retweeted something you had posted earlier this year or late last year. It gave me the confidence to finally start exercising at a pace and in a way I felt confident and more confident the more I did.
    My favourite post was the one about the 10k that led to a bit of a marathon night out and your Brighton marathon post.
    My suggestions would be a post about guilt (feeling guilty for running as much as for not running sometimes) and setting realistic and achievable goals.

  17. August 6, 2014

    I’m Joanne from London

    I first heard about this blog via bromley Parkrun’s Twitter account. I think they retweeted a blogpost of yours. I can’t remember which post it was, but it struck a chord with me!

    I think the posts I like most are the ones where you discuss your battles – whether it is weight, running or tough mudder related. It makes me realise that someone else is struggling. I also enjoyed the runner of the month. It’s good to know something about fellow followers!

    Finally as an idea for you next blog – how about something along the lines of ‘start spreading the news’ – a blog about any ambassadors you have on board – what they have done etc. May help encourage a bit more participation!

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