There is a place I can go where the people treat me like a runner, no matter how much I weigh:
Running Etc., the mom-and-pop running store in Norfolk, where I finally snuck in to get new running shoes today. Snuck in and saw one of my favorite employees, John, who asked, "Training for any races?" He always asks, always inquires about my past running injuries, always encourages me. As do the others who work there, including owner Mike.
Anyway, thought I'd pass that along. I faced one fear and was met with a good deal of comfort.