I was (am) overweight. For sure, for real. I’ve cut about half what I wanted to lose. The other half is melting off.
To get rid of weight, I needed to run. Nothing is running, nothing is close to running. Only running is running. It’s about putting your feet down and saying “I AM.” And I loved it when I used to do it, it felt amazing, you got lost sometimes, and you could just seer your lungs and run. When I ran, I was at my lowest weight. Then… life, depression and real estate happened. I got fat. (More on this as we can).
But, the reality was – last year at about this time – that I was fat. Probably close to 280#, hard to tell for sure. I am cursed with a body that “carries it well,” so the real depth of my obesity was known only to my poor wife who had to endure my weight when she would “take one for the team.”
So, enough about me. You’re reading this to learn how fat men can run.
Step 1: Don’t hide from the clock. When I started in December, 2011, I could only do one mile in 11:50. That was the FASTEST I could run. I logged it, and it was embarrassing I know dozens of people that can beat a 6 minute mile at will. I used to be able to get into the 5:40-5:50 range in my late teens. And I wasn’t all that fit. Measure this:
- Fastest Cold Mile
- Fastest Mile
- Fastest two miles.
- Fastest 5k
- Fastest 5 miles.
- Longest stretch without stopping.
- Longest daily milage
- Longest weekly milage
Step 6: Push, push, push. It takes intensity. And it takes consistency. Stay on your schedule for a whole month, and it’ll be hard not to improve mile times by 25% first month, 15% second month, 10% third, etc.