All Eden Hazard runs from her home in central Pennsylvania begin uphill. And that makes her want to die.
Her Sisyphus struggle caused a sensation in her great surprise at TikTok, where she is known as Mrs. Space Cadet.
“The first one I posted a run on TikTok recorded over a million views. I felt” it’s weird, “she said. “Everything I saw on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube was a slender runner in a really cute outfit and really cute shoes, running 7 or 8 minutes miles.”
It’s not the way Hazard describes himself.
In one of those first videos, Hazard wears a sweatshirt, a breastfeeding bra, perforated shoes, and running and cloudy glasses. When she tried to train for a marathon, she invited a follower who was “a little overweight person who drank too much beer.” “Today we have four miles, please help,” she told the camera, Deadpan.
The journey began about two years ago. Since then, she has recorded hundreds of miles and has more than 617,000 followers on TikTok.
Three 37-year-old mothers recorded a 15-mile run in her loyal “cheering squad” (three trees in a row) and admitted when she had to pee along the way. She shared how hard she was, what she calls “Burf Hill”, explaining the annoyance of pedestrians passing by when the pace is close to their own.
She has yet to cross the finish line of an organized marathon. (At one TikTok, she started: “At 7am, I’m training for a canceled marathon, so I’m running 12 miles. It’s raining. I think it’s a little adventure. Please. On. “))
Apart from that — 23.7 million people like it later — the pandemic did almost nothing to slow her down.
This conversation has been edited and summarized for length and clarity.
When did you start running and what do you think is nervous about TikTok?
This whole social media came out of nowhere to me. I wasn’t aiming to be a content creator.
I just gave birth to a third baby and was in the garbage dump mentally and physically. I felt like I had to go out and run. I didn’t have any gym either, so I thought. I’m going to shoot this. I just want to remember where I am at this point.
The amount of support for me was great, but the amount of support that others felt “hey, so do I” really wept.
Why did you decide to continue posting?
I have no humility. I don’t know why — my husband thinks I’m insane — but I don’t care 100%. I’m not going to clean up my house to take a video. I will not do it! And that’s what I put out there.
I thought it was too late to call myself a runner. Immediately after that video, I saw a huge untouched space that I felt needed to touch to empower more people. I used to be really isolated, but I realized that there are many people like me.
A really handpicked feed felt like it kept people from feeling that they could run, run, or exercise in some way. So I kept posting.
One of your more beloved moves is your running pose today, where you stand in a position that looks like Gambi. explanation.
People wanted to follow me on Instagram, but I never actually took a picture.
So what should I have done with my own hands? Do i sit down? Do you want to take a snapshot of yourself running? I was so overwhelmed and tired that I stood where I thought I would really show my clothes. It was as much the opposite as I could get from the Instagram model.
And now people tag me with their Instagram photos in that pose. People are very interesting and positive.
What does it mean to represent different types of athletes more, both inside and outside social media?
Most of my platforms are not only advertising to different groups of people of different shapes and abilities, but also trying to get companies involved to support them through social media and community building. increase. Running 20 years later, when I saw someone, they looked like “Oh, it looks comfortable”, “These shorts don’t seem to rub my thighs”, “Maybe I belong to them” increase.
These companies are looking for people who are not Olympic athletes. Olympic athletes are not the only ones who need electrolytes.
Do you have any advice for new runners?
Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Go as slowly as you want to stay consistent and keep going just to develop that habit. And have those little wins to build and celebrate that habit, even if it’s a few walks a week.
And instead of “I could only run one mile” or “I could only run one mile”, reconfigure it. “I can run a mile.” It’s huge! Do you know how many people can’t run a mile? Be really proud of your small victory.