June 16, 2011 | life

Team Bangs on the Run Manifesto

Last year, I went from couch potato to crossing the finish line of a half marathon in four months. I noticed some pretty dramatic changes. Sure, I lost some weight and was generally much fitter, but I was also much happier, more focused and very determined – and it was spilling over into every aspect of my life. I just felt great. I wanted everyone to have that feeling.

I got the first Team Bangs on the Run together and we ran the Paris Half Marathon. Interest in what we were doing grew. I just got the Second Team Bangs on the Run team together, ready to start training for Run to the Beat in September and it has become somewhat of a personal mission of mine to get more women to run. Check out my hopes, goals and dreams for a Team Bangs on the Run Nation in the manifesto below.

We Do Not Watch the Scales

Women have been brainwashed for years about weight, shape and size. The moment you make exercise NOT about that and ALL about how you feel, is the moment the change starts to happen. The focus should be on health and fitness not size and weight.

We Channel Our Inner Badass

I feel like a superhero when I run. I want every woman to have that feeling. Feel the fresh air beat against your face, let your body move freely, even if it’s sluggish, you’re moving and you’re moving forward. Visualise greatness, finish lines and goals as you run – negativity cannot penetrate your superhero shield when you hit the streets.

We are Not Vanity Runners

We actually run and put in miles. All that gentle jogging in a velour tracksuit while your hair stays perfect and you gossip about the neighbours is for the birds. Move your ass! Running ain’t pretty. We sweat, our hair’s a mess, our makeup runs. On Team Bangs, it’s all about knowing that to hit your goals, you might have to take it to the ugly, but most importantly, it’s about not caring about that and going hard anyway. You can be pretty on rest days.

We Don’t Make Excuses

You’ll never regret going for a run, you’ll always regret not going. So you can sit there and make all the excuses in the world about why you can’t get out there, then complain about why you’re not happy, why you’re not fit, why you’re unfocused – you can go ahead and do that, have at it. But on Team Bangs? Round these parts, we don’t talk about it, we BE about it. The hardest part is getting out the door – the rest is a victory.

We Don’t Drop Out

There are too many running as a metaphor for life type quotes, but training for a race, be it 5K, 10K, half or full marathon is about setting a goal and sticking to it. It’s about seeing something through to the end no matter how hard it gets. It requires focus, determination and being your best – and if you haven’t quite found your best yet, it’s about not stopping til you do. But quitting? Quite simply, not an option.

We Focus on Us, Our Bodies and the Feeling

So often, women don’t run or work out because they’re scared of what others will say. They don’t want people to see them when they run, they don’t want their flabby bits on show in lycra, they don’t want to hear an offhand comment from a drunken fool. Suck. It. Up! Who cares how you look? It’s about how you feel. Your inner badass can mentally kick everyone’s ass en route. Your only job is to keep your eyes front and put one foot in front of the other. You’re making yourself healthy. You’re making yourself badass. If others have something negative to say about that, it’s only because your focus and determination makes them look bad. Your running is about YOU.

It’s my hope that I can encourage more women to run and embrace the positive changes that take place in their lives when they do. It’s time we started viewing our bodies differently. Stopped caring about pounds and inches and started focusing on the overall feeling of fit and healthy.

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Bangs this is awesomeness. Can I be an honourary Team Bangs member and make this my manifesto too? 😀


Such an inspiration, I can’t wait to get back into my running after my bub comes, it’s true I feel like a superhero when I run, I have dreams about running and man the endorphins are insane, and I aint a pretty runner, I get red sweaty and haggard haha 😀


This strikes a chord with me….flabby/57/run like Phoebe from friends/couch potato……all my friends are great runners and so I feel a bit eeeuugghh about starting….but lets see….maybe just a brisk walk around the block each night to start???

Emma B

Fab write up. I’m with you 100% and I know how great I feel when I’ve just finished a run. Be it 2 miles ot 10. Liberated, powerful and yep, a little bit smug actually! As someone who didn’t make it onto Team Bangs (thumbs down) but is still tackling Run to the Beat (thumbs up) I hope you’ll share more mental and training tips along the way. Running is the bomb diggy


Spot on! “You’ll never regret going for a run, you’ll always regret not going.” This is so damn obvious but I never thought of it before. Have you thought about writing a compact post on your training from when you first started to where you are now? I think it would be a real inspiration for those of us just getting into running to see how far it’s possible to come in such a short time.


I have just signed up for a half marathon in October and this is just what I needed. I have printed this out and stuck it on my wardrobe for when I’m umming and ahhhing over whether to go for that next run! Thank you!


Bravo. It’s all about the feeling – the way I feel after a 5 or 10k is phenom. Walking and climbing is also great – especially climbing for toning your tummy. I did the 3 peaks challenge 6 weeks after doing the London Marathon this year, and have never felt better.


Brilliant post! Your taking it to the ugly spoke directly to me, within minutes my face is bright red and looking attractive is something I can only dream about but I cannot let that stop me! Bit by bit I am starting to like running…we’ll get to the ‘love’ part as soon as the ‘like’ part is done and dusted!

Claire Nelson

Oh Bangsy, I love you. And you’re right, about everyone single bit of it.
[From a former anti-runner who now appreciates the buzz]

Anyone out there who ain’t sure – just do it. Your body is a machine, and it’s designed to move. Time to start making it to do what it was made for.


The Jaded NYer

*replaces the word RUNNING with WORKING OUT in your blog post*

NOW it’s perfect! lol

Seriously- very inspiring post. I will try my hardest to eliminate the scale from my life. At the very least I won’t weigh myself weekly anymore. Maybe monthly or so. PROMISE!

The Red Rocket

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