I met Megan Flanagan through social media thanks to our interest in preventing eating disorders in the running world, with a similar mission of speaking about the topic, and encouraging those who struggle to speak up. I am excited to work with Megan in the near future, and I’m especially excited to share what she’s doing through Strong Runner Chicks, a website dedicated to fostering strength in the female running community!
Strong Runner Chicks started as a way to inspire female runners to embrace their strength rather than cover it up; to embody the curves, muscle, and female bodies that we were given; to foster strength in the female running community and connect females of all ages, competitive and recreational runners alike, to an online space where they share ideas, tips, and personal stories on topics related to running, racing, strength training, fueling right and defining what it means to be a strong runner chick.
When you think “female distance runner,” what image comes to mind?
Thin? Lean? Wispy? Emaciated?
Likely, the word “strong” doesn’t appear first in your head, if at all.
Every time someone discovers that I’m an athlete, they’ll take their shot with a guess: Soccer player? Sprinter? Rower? Hurdler? Surely not a . . . cross country runner?! A look of surprise always hits their face when I tell them, as my face falls, knowing what they’re thinking.