I (Aja) had the idea to launch Flaunt Performance earlier this year when I was training for my first half marathon. I decided to run that first half in honor of my daughter Yaminah who passed away in January. I had just given birth to her and I was the largest I’d ever been. Training was a sheer HEADACHE. It wasn’t a headache because of the muscle soreness, the mileage, the emotional roller coasters, and because I had to push beyond my imaginary limitations. Those things were fun, exhilarating even.
It was a headache because running as a larger woman is very different than running as a smaller woman.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been plus size. I’ve also been practically running my whole life. My mom is a marathon runner. My sister, my brother, my uncle, my cousins, etc all are runners. I basically come from a running family. But I don’t come from a plus size running family. I am the pink sheep in the family.
Now, as a larger plus size woman I’m really the pink sheep.
So training and running that first 1/2 marathon was an eye-opening experience.
The chafing? YEP. I had that like never before. Ever try running with no skin?
The lack of running clothes? YEP. I literally ran with a gown under my shirt.
What about those stereotypes? Yeah, my knees are okay. As a matter a fact, the more I work them the stronger they become. Thank you very much.
On the days leading up to the race I thought I’d be the ONLY plus size person out there. But guess what. There were SO MANY plus size women out there. I was amazed.
But then a feeling came over me. All these women had probably gone through the same headaches I went through. I knew I wanted to do something to address those headaches.
So Flaunt Performance was born.
Flaunt Performance honors YOU- the plus size, the curvy, the fat, the thick, the voluptuous runner. Whatever you call yourself, YOU are fabulous. YOU are an athlete. YOU are powerful. YOUR BODY is limitless.