Quote Of The Day
“For as many years as I’ve been a competitive runner, people in the running community have made comments about my size and weight. … People often said they were surprised I could run so well for being ‘bigger.’ … I didn’t look like most of the women I lined up against, and, even worse, I increasingly felt like I had to in order to run well. Indeed, anytime I delivered a lackluster performance I was met with rhetoric that I needed to lose weight to perform better. … I was passionate about my training and eager to compete as the fittest version of myself, and the criticism and negative messaging impacted my morale. It was also deeply confusing. Off the track, I didn’t feel ‘big.’ Actually, I felt beautiful. I filled out the curves in a dress and cups in a bra. I knew, intellectually, that to people outside of the running community I was on the smaller side – and that in all other areas of life I benefited from the privileges that society bestows upon people who fit into straight-size clothing. But on the track, I felt different – uncomfortable and inadequate.”
– NYC Marathon 5th placer Allie Kieffer talking about how comments about her weight/physique when she was younger affected her morale and pushed her to cut calories, ultimately leading to a stress fracture and missing the 2012 Olympic Trials.
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