First of all, anyone who gives you grief is a raging asshole. I always like seeing people of all sizes at races and in running groups.
Tights are almost always the most comfortable choice, at least for women. But heed my guidance on the fabric. A motion-control bra that keeps your breasts immobilized will make your run so much more comfortable and pleasant! Not to mention, it will cut down on those strange looks you get from passersby. Choose one with little to no stretch and wide, cushioned straps.
Personally, I recommend the Enell Sport. A little extra support for your, ahem, wobbly bits, can mean the difference between a good run and an uncomfortable run. There are always differences across retailers, and this will save you a lot of hassle up front. Hope you find something you like! Join Our Facebook Community Login. Stepping off my soap box. Exercise raises your body temperature. Since the human body needs to maintain a Blood then circulates close to the surface of the skin, cools down, and returns.
Gentlemen, you can skip to the next paragraph. Alright guys, you can rejoin the conversation now! Oh, this is a true hot-button issue for me. Please, please, please wear running clothes that FIT! I understand the desire to cover up your body in big, baggy clothes. So buy some cute or manly clothes that fit.
Really, your best bet is to order online. Here are some of my tried-and-true favorite online retailers: JunoActive is an online-only retailer that specializes in plus-sized activewear.
Their quality is excellent, but their prices are high. Shipping and returns are not usually free. Old Navy is great for tights with light compression, lightweight shirts, and jackets. Returns to actual stores are allowed and very easy. Another thing I love about Old Navy is their frequent merchandise turnover, which means new styles and colors appear frequently. This also means that, if you fall in love with something, you need to stock up immediately, because it might not be around in 3 months.
The quality is also fairly good for the price. Sizes go up to XXL. Not for weight loss but for my own sanity and well being. Run big girl, run! I know this is years old but I just discovered it while searching for plus sized running clothes. I love love love this article and it describes me perfectly and unfortunately the reactions of others. I am just so happy that I am not the only fat, happy runner!! Hi, ran across this blog because I was searching for plus-size running gear for women.
I too was telling myself I would wait to lose a few pounds first, but have been anxious to run because it feels better to me than walking. Today as I was out walking with a friend I saw a plus size woman running and felt encouraged. This blog has really motivated me to start now, why wait. Hey I love this article…I am a heavy triathlete! Like you I have finally let go of the notiton of losing weight! I am just going to enjoy my sport!
I have tried many things over this last year to lose weight and oddly I have lost nothing. I give up on that. I am going to eat healthy and well, when I am hungry and stop when I am full and let my body take care of itself! You are encouraging because I am a walker and have not been able to progress to the a runner.
You may get me there. Thank you for this blog and all of the posts. I have been walking for 2 months now after being a couch potato. I am so encouraged now to get running. I walked my 5k in June but I am ready to run!
Did you run it? This time, with a training app on my phone, I feel much more confident I will succeed. I have already signed up for a 5k in the fall, because I need that motivation. I am not losing weight very fast — about 15 pounds lost. My biggest problem is that I am a pear. I am using some 3X Nike dri-fit capris that are comfy, but I feel the strain on my lower back. I have done 4 5Ks and my best time is just under 45 minutes. I just wanted to say thank you for just telling me I can do it… Just like you have yes big woman do run… As I was taking my walk I just wanted to run just start somewhere.
I am pounds and yes I do want to lose weight.. Thank you so much for been a wonderful example to me all and all other plus size woman who have a dream to run… May god bless you. Thanks so much for writing this. I am looking for new sneakers, running sneakers. I found a great sports bra I am a 38 H or J, depending on the type here: Timex GPS watch is fantastic and fits fine on my large wrists, with room to spare.
I still like those classes. They are really fun and a good work out. When I started, moving up from 60 second running intervals to 3 minute intervals made me so nervous. How can this be?! Last night I ran the longest I have ever have: Heartbreak has recently gutted me, and running is helping me come back to myself, to my power.
This community is important. We need each other. I need support to keep going out, in spite of the yelling, the jeers, the stares. I turn my music up real loud and only make eye contact with friendly people and cats. Thanks for writing this.
First of all, anyone who gives you grief is a raging asshole. You are awesome and a complete badass for ignoring all the naysayers, yourself included! Second, while I was never fat, maybe slightly pudgy when I started, I can otherwise identify completely with your story.
I ran 30 minutes straight by the end of October. Good luck and keep up the excellent work. Please keep me posted on your progresss! I started running at lbs. It has liberated me! Hi, I loved your post and wanted to add that I think you need to just get out there and do it too. I used to run all the time in senior school and loved it but I piled on the weight as a grown up. I recently took up running again as a Although I agree with the HAES idea and absolutely back the idea that you need to do what works for you and what makes you feel good, I am running for weight loss and that is my biggest motivator.
Not to please other people but to please me. To enable me to walk into a shop and buy clothes that I like, not just clothes that will fit me.
To do more fun other sports as well and be good at them. I love mountain biking but I would also love to have a go at a triathlon and also an adventure race. I want to improve my health to be around to watch my son grow up. And maybe I should actually write about these thoughts on my own blog over at http: I just started running a few weeks ago. I just felt I needed to do something!! My boyfriend came home from his day with his buddies and told me one of them had found an app called Zombies, Run!.
I immediately downloaded the 5k training version of it and am absolutely loving it! My endurance is slowly going up and I found I can now run a full minute multiple times during my runs. My boyfriend even downloaded the app and is running with me one day a week. That is awesome Mandee!
Keep up the good work and fun and be sure to let us know how your 5k goes! It can be very difficult to have the patience to train slow, but the rewards of going easy on your body are so worth it.
Yes please do keep us posted! I started running in August at about Their FILA line runs on the larger side. So, do look there. If need be, go to a store to try on a few things to get an idea of what size would work best for you.
This post really spoke to me. Thanks for the comprehensive post on being a Happy Fat Runner! I really enjoy following your active adventures. So happy to have you guest post! I enjoyed reading about how you started running. Boobs that need scaffolding — love that! I call it double-bagging! Definitely one of those moments when I could have kicked myself for not thinking of that. I loved this whole post but I think this sentence is sooo important!
I have no clue why some people are judgmental when they see bigger runners… running is awesome and everyone should be doing it, in my opinion: And as I like to remind myself because I am not very fast no matter how slow you are running or wogging!
I never thought of that and I always have to go half a size up because the shoes are too narrow. Mint, we are always opposites on what works for us and stuff like this.
It cracks me up! I find most shoes are too wide! I especially cannot wear Saucony or Asics. Their shoes are just too wide for my feet.
Mizuno, Brooks and Nike tend to work better for me. Now I know to stay far away from mens shoes! Well I wear Mizunos and their toe box is a wee bit too tight read: They are similar to Mizunos, but a touch wider in the toe-box for most models. I tried on so many though, most of them are a blur. My biggest problem w foot fit though is my feet are wide at the ball, but narrow through the heel.
OMG I never knew those had an actual purpose! Just another reason to get a fitting at your LRS. I love this post too, Joy. I always like seeing people of all sizes at races and in running groups. I have often heard snarky comments about overweight people running and I always reply with what are you talking about — they are out there doing it — that is awesome!
People can be so rude. I had never heard of HAES before but I love the concept because I too know so many people who will start a fitness regimen including running and quickly quit because it does not work for weight loss. If you can embrace and enjoy running, that is a wonderful thing, no matter what size you are. Yeah, people can be pretty judgmental about a lot of things. I have heard a lot worse from people, so I feel pretty lucky.
See, traditionally, runners have been hard-pressed to find technical exercise wear in the full range of sizes. And, yes, that includes plus sizes. Finding the best running clothes for overweight runners can be a bit challenging. Here is a list of recommendations to help you find the best fit. That’s it – all my size shopping secrets for plus-size running clothes. Hope you find something you like! Photo Courtesy specialtysports.ga, specialtysports.ga, and specialtysports.ga Plus Size Running & Biking Clothing. Stay on track with running clothes & biking apparel that keeps you moving JunoActive plus size running and bike clothes Find bra tops, bike shorts, capris and so much more: Clicking View All displays all results and may take longer for page to load.