Anybody who has ever been to a sanctioned race has been able to see all types of people. The skinny dudes in short shorts, moms with baby joggers, normal 9-5ers out bettering their health, and even people like me. Hi, my name is Kelsey and I am an overweight runner. Most races I tend to stick towards the back so that I don’t get in anybody’s way and so that I don’t get passed as much. I have been “running” off and on since my freshman year of college when I had to complete a health project that included completing a 5k. I stopped running after that but still participated in several half marathons and other various races, mostly walking the entire distance. After that I was selected for a marathon weight loss team which trained for a half while losing weight. During the program I lost almost 40 pounds and knocked 37 minutes off my half marathon time. But yet again, I stopped running. Last spring I tried out for my university’s division one rowing team and made it. The two-a-day workouts combined with early morning track sessions and afternoon long runs got me back in relatively good shape to help me complete a PR half marathon that spring. But guess what? You guessed it…I stopped running after the season was over. And I packed on the pounds I had formerly lost.
So here I am today starting from scratch. I’ve started, stopped, started, stopped, started, stopped. Learning to run again is at the top of my to-do list. I’m slow, can hardly run a mile without stopping, and I”m fat. Is that going to stop me? NO. One foot is going to go […]