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After months of hard work (thanks to my wonderful husband), we are delighted to share with you our newly re-designed website www.womensrunningcommunity.com and our vision/mission.
After giving birth to my second child, I found it a lot harder to keep the momentum going with my running and fitness so my husband and I created Women’s Running Community (WRC) – a place where women (like myself) can come together to celebrate and get encouragement, motivation, inspiration, advice, tips and support on all things running and fitness related. Since then WRC steadily grew to over 175K followers through various platforms.
We love seeing and reading all your inspirational images/stories. However, as we read more and more of your stories we also noticed a somewhat disturbing trend or mindset…..the “I’m not good enough” mindset – I’m not skinny enough. I’m not fast enough. I’m not curvy enough. Whether it be our looks, our bodies, our thoughts, our parenting skills, or our speed, there’s always something we wish we could change. There’s always something we think we could do better, something we wish we were more of and something we wish we didn’t have. My big arms. My stretch marks. The post-baby belly that just won’t budge no matter how many sit-ups or planks I perform.
Enough is enough. No body is perfect! Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. No one has the perfect life, face, body, relationship or family, etc. We’re all just imperfect humans. Don’t allow yourself to feel inferior just because you don’t have “X” body type or run “X” miles per min. You shouldn’t be exercising to make someone else think you look good. Being healthy shouldn’t be about making others jealous or to prove a point. You should exercise because it makes you happy, feel good and because you want to live a healthy life for YOU. Don’t strive for “perfection” or compare yourself to anyone else – just focus on being your best and embrace being YOU!!!
So we are creating a movement: #WhatARunnerLooksLike and redefining WRC’s mission/vision:
Women’s Running Community (WRC) is a celebration of women around the world who are striving to be the best and healthiest version of themselves through running and fitness no matter how slow or fast, or how short or long we run, or how we look when we run or exercise. We are a community inspiring girls and women to choose health and wellness over our culture’s harmful obsession with having the “perfect” body type or shape. Our mission is to challenge the limiting beauty ideals created by the media. We will not be defined by our size, shape, or age. We are all fiercely one of a kind, but we are all in this together. We will support, encourage and admire anyone who is trying to better herself. No one body type, shape, size or weight that is more worthy of respect, love and acceptance than another. The beauty of running is that it’s all-inclusive — anyone can do it, and anyone can benefit from it. Anyone can be a runner, no matter their race, body type, age or experience level. Health, beauty, wellness and runners come in many forms!