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Focus on Running

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Focus on Running

Study upon study shows that running helps us live longer, stay healthier, and elevates our mood. It makes both our muscles and our bones stronger, and it can be done without much scheduling or special equipment. What's not to love? Starting to run can be the deal breaker for many. Those first sessions where your legs feel like heavy logs, and you gasp for air while being overtaken by walkers can feel quite demoralising. But hang in there! It does get better, fast. Walk-run-walk programs are readily available as podcasts and apps. They let you start from zero and push you towards...

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Body Positive Active Wear

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Body Positive Active Wear

What is Body Positive? Is Mollyhopp a Plus Size brand? Mollyhopp was born from my own need of cute, high quality, running and yoga clothes in sizes beyond Nike’s and Lululemon’s ranges. It was as simple as that. To me, that journey started by googling “plus size running pants,” so naturally I thought that was what we were. Almost a year later, we have launched our first line (of AMAZING clothes and accessories), and we notice that the word plus size doesn’t really fit. For starters, our first collection start with US size 8; the average American woman is a size 16. So we asked ourselves: should...

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Weekend Inspiration

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Weekend Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms; this weekend it comes in collecting race packs for the Performance Series, modifying the race shirt into a comfortable singlet, and heading out for an afternoon run in the rain.  Signing up for the Performance Series – five 2.5K, 5K and 10K events with the hashtag #transcendyourself- is one of the reasons we are here. When I decided to do the 5K races, I had not run since before my back surgery in 2010, and spent the last few years miserably failing at keeping a healthy work-life balance. A pregnancy, two international moves, and months straight of...

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First post - The Spark

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First post - The Spark

I’m in an athletics store to buy new running shoes. My pulse is a soaring 101 bpm. After having chosen which shoes to get, a friendly sales clerk suggests I check out their lifestyle t-shirts section. There is a special offer: buy 2 items, receive 10% off your total bill. I want to scream “NO!” I’m not here for classic prints on stretchy, oversized cotton tees. I’m a runner. I want cute outfits to run in. I’d love to try on their new sports bras, and splurge on patterned running shorts, technical tops and colourful tights.But I’m too big. Or the clothes...

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