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Harlem Run Founder Alison Desir Shares How To Just Get Out There

This week’s featured Project Start ambassador, Alison Desir (@powderedfeet), tells us where running has taken her as a blogger, an endurance athlete, a mental health advocate and a community organizer.

Alison offers this advice to women who are just getting started with running:

“Be really gentle with yourself. Starting might mean running a block and walking a block. You’re not gonna get up one day and run a 5K.”

Thanks for this wisdom, and for sharing your story with us, Alison!

To learn more about Project Start and to see the line-up of the other amazing ambassadors, read more here.

Let us know where running has taken your powdered feet! Share your journey with the ladies of Project Start through using hashtag #psyougotthis and by tagging the @psyougotthis page!

Melinda Parrish

Melinda Parrish

Melinda Parrish is a plus-sized model and a body positivity advocate who believes in empowering women and inspiring all women to embrace their bodies as they are. Melinda is a lifelong athlete. She rowed crew for the US Naval Academy and then suffered a back injury while on active duty and was medically discharged. She spent the next few years rehabbing from multiple surgeries and transforming her relationship with her body. During that process, she fell in love running as a way to show her body love through movement and participated in multiple half marathons and distance races. Melinda is committed to sharing her journey through #healthyatanysize on social media and has been featured in Bustle, SELF Magazine, Curva Magazine, and Plus Model Magazine. She also contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, Gaiam, and other publications focused on women and fitness.