Plus-size model Candice Huffine showed body shamers who’s boss on March 20 by completing the United Airlines NYC Half.
So it’s super late, and I finished hours ago…but, truth is I’ve just been speechless. Today was painful, bittersweet, electrifying, crazy and awesome, but also magic and I’m ready for another. I am capable of anything, this I thought I knew, but now 💯confirmed… means you are too!! Thank youuuuuuuu guys for all the support. It didn’t go unthought of during the miles!!!! (And thank you for assisting in a rad playlist- will share that soon on #Spotify!) #icanandiwill #bebold #beyou #getmovinghavefun #unitednychalf #ididit
Last December Huffine set her mind to running a half marathon after talking with her husband, who is an avid runner. “I’m going from couch to half,” Huffine told to Cosmopolitan about her training experience, “I’ve signed up for 5Ks in the past as part of charitable events, and I couldn’t complete them.”
According to People, Huffine kept her fans updated through social media from the start of her training all the way through to her crossing the finish line of the 13.1-mile race.
Ok soooooo… I won’t bore you with running info everyday BUT yesterday was my first day of training so I think that’s a milestone in itself. With @themattpowers as my coach we did 3 minutes of running/ 2 minutes walking, some hill sprints, then 1 minute run/ 1 minute walk for a total of 4 miles!!!!! Everything hurts so good today, I only had a meltdown once and starting small this way makes me confident this couch to half marathon plan can actually be conquered! 💪🏼 #awaywego #imarunnerithink #getmovinghavefun #ibiza
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Despite what many people think, Huffine did not train for the half marathon to lose weight. “I’m getting out of my comfort zone,” she said, “Changing my size or changing the number on a scale is so far from anything to do with it.”
Huffine’s main inspiration for taking on the half marathon was to prove to herself she could do it and challenge misconceptions about curvy models.
“I’m a plus model and there are a lot of misconceptions with that in general, on so many levels. People assume that plus models are not active or interested in being active. “How can you work out but still be a size 12?” There’s confusion there.”