A Runner’s Body

Running girl


You don’t have a typical runners body, though?


Being in the world of fitness, I have unfortunately had many a comment on my shape and size. Most of the time, it has been a positive one, but as we all know, it is the negative ones that stick like glue.


I enjoy running long distance and for so many reasons. You may be able to relate, even with a different sport or hobby. Yes, I am running for performance at the moment, but I also appreciate what running does for me in other areas. So why does size even come into this?


As a fitness professional, we are supposed to recognise different body shapes and their strengths. So I do understand when people make an innocent comment on what they know… However, when someone has a passion, I believe we should only let the individual continue doing what they love doing.


Jumping pose



The question is…


What is a typical runners body?


Have you been told that you do not look like a ‘real runner’ because of your shape or size? Have you compared yourself to other runners because of the way they look?


If you run, you are a runner. A person who’s heart beats faster whilst turning the legs over, is a runner. We are all very different people and this should not deflect away from the fact that you still are classed as a realย runner.




This year, I decided to take my training a little more seriously than I usually would. I wanted to become a faster runner and run a quicker time in the marathon distance and I couldn’t help but think how my ‘shape’ would deter me away from my goal.



Running in france


A Runner’s Body.


I truly believe that if you work hard for something, you will more than likely reach your goals. You may have to work harder than others or make more sacrifices but, the end goal can be achievable. There is the chat about genetics, which does make an impact, but who gives a sh*t if you just want to better your personal self?


Your body is what you make of it and if you run, you have a runner’s body. There is no blueprint or outline that defines it, you have to use what you were born with. This is what makes it exciting; this is what makes it a personalย challenge. If we only ever tried what we were gifted at, we would never see our full potential.


I want to open up the discussion here; what do YOU class as a ‘real runner’? Personally, I think this statement needs to get in the bin. Real runner? A person who is dedicated to the pounding the pavements or roaming the green. A person who puts on their trainers and gets outside to better their body and mind. That is what a real runner is.


I have a runners body, because I am a runner.

…and so are you!


Runner girl


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  • Reply
    David G. Paul
    September 9, 2019 at 5:53 am

    There’s nothing wrong with your shape though?

    • Reply
      Emma Joy
      September 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

      It was just comments from others which mean nothing to me now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa Alhadeff
    September 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    In spite of knowing from Chris that you have a blog I’d never really read it.
    I absolutely loved this read. It’s a big problem in climbing too. It’s empowering being strong and healthy – and good for mental health too. The feeling you get when you launch off and your body is a machine is unbeatable. I think it’s the most connected I feel with it

    • Reply
      Emma Joy
      September 21, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Aw I am glad you got to have a read! I can imagine it is the same in many sports. Overall, it is about being strong! Which I am glad you feel when climbing ๐Ÿ™‚ yey to us strong ladies! Thanks for commenting. x

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