We caught up with motivational speaker and founder of Too Fat to Run, Julie Creffield. She is a keen runner who, in her own words describes herself as “not your typical runner…because I am FAT”. She hasn’t let her weight hold her back though and is determined to help others feel the same.
Name: Julie Creffield
Home: Stratford, East London
Environment I like the most: I love living in a city, but having green spaces to enjoy is important to me…the sea always makes me feel reflective
Best place I have visited: Vietnam, 2 weeks travelling alone in Vietnam blew my mind
Favourite adventure: I went to columbia for 3 weeks with a friend, neither of us spoke the language and my blonde hair caused a stir everywhere I went. Loved the music and the dancing. I wasn’t really into fitness then, I was at my largest in fact, but we went on an awesome trek (which almost killed me) where we found an incredible waterfall.
Dream adventure: I would love go on a trek somewhere really remote perhaps in the states, alone with my thoughts and perhaps a journal. Sleeping under the stars and facing my fears of bugs, spiders, snakes and bears
Can’t go on an adventure without? A sense of humour. Things go wrong. You just have to deal with it and not let it ruin your trip. Having faith that people are generally kind and safe helps too
What was the turning point that spurred you on to run your first race and to start training?
I was working on the London 2012 games during the bid phase, it was so exciting but I wasn’t exactly a good role model for living an active life. I took part in a community fun run and almost died. I was also shouted out “Run fatty run” and it hurt. I decided I needed to change and get fit…I signed up for The London Triathlon a week later
- Just get started
- Be consistent even when you really don’t want to go
- Learn to switch off the negative voices, replace them with positive ones
- Find a way of using running to multitask…make it part of your lifestyle not something separate
- Enjoy it…I combine my running with travelling and socialising, my 3 favour things work really well together
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Bex Band founded Love Her Wild. Alongside running the community, she is an author, blogger and speaker on all things adventure and conservation. For her work championing women in the outdoors, she has been nominated for multiple awards and was named one of the UK’s Top 30 inspirational entrepreneurs.