“What’s the alternative?”
This phrase is one that came up time and time again in my conversation with this week’s guest on Sparta Chicks Radio, Carin McCoy.
Carin describes herself as a body positive athlete.
She’s an age group runner and triathlete, a busy mum of two boys and someone who has struggled with body image and her perception of who she is and what she could and couldn’t do much of her life.
Carin and her sons have a genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). A rare condition related to the connective tissue in the body that results in many hospital visits and many stitchers and check-ups for her and her boys.
This condition, together with the fact she didn’t think she was “allowed to do sports” as a child because she was “bigger than average” as a kid, meant it wasn’t until Carin was in her 30s that she signed up for her first 5km fun run, with a secret goal to run the whole distance.
Carin credits that race with changing her life and she’s since gone on to complete multiple Half Marathons and triathlons.
Carin has also shared her story, experience and insights around body image, self-doubt and dealing with critics and online trolls on her blog so I knew she would be perfect for Sparta Chicks Radio.
In this conversation, we discuss:
* Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) and how it affected on her childhood and impacts on her life today,
* why she didn’t think she was “allowed” to do sports as a kid,
* her secret goal during her first 5km fun run and the life-changing realisation she had that day,
* mother’s guilt, both around taking time away from her family to train as well as that associated with passing EDS onto her sons,
* how she felt wearing her skin-tight lycra in her first triathlon,
* the question she asks herself when faced with self-doubt,
* what being a “body positive athlete” means to her,
* her experience with the imposter complex, and
* how she’s dealt with the reactions she’s encountered from strangers and trolls.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I do.
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To find out more about Carin or to say hello, you can find her on Instagram or on her blog.
"You can't stop me from being the best version of myself. Not even if you tried" - Carin's letter to Mr Micro Dick on her blog.