Food, weight, and running: it’s not easy finding a way to talk about all three at once. Recently, we (Angelica and Cilantro) started chatting about eating disorders and weight loss in reaction to Allie Kieffer’s article on Self about the relationship between weight and running success. It turned into a tough dialogue. We came to the discussion of food and body image from two very different places that don’t often interact, especially not in women’s running: the perspective of those who struggle with disordered eating patterns, and those who do not and are seeking to lose weight to improve their running.
We came to wonder how we can talk about nutrition and running performance without reinforcing societal and cultural pressures, including those from the running world, to look a certain way or maintain a specific weight?