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A Running Guide for the Overweight Runner

There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...


It leaves you wanting more...

The first week of my six week weight loss challenge ends tomorrow, Sunday, night at 11:59pm. This week has been quite the huge success for myself. I have learned a lot about myself and my past dislike for running has evolved into a love for running. Who knew running would be easier and much more fun when you have lost some weight?

I don't want to puff myself up or anything like that but would like to just go back through this past week starting with Last Sunday. You guys were a huge reason as to why it was successful.

Sunday was Self Acceptance. This fitness/weight loss became a whole new ballgame for me. It started with that picture that I had found. As I stated, I'm not an emotional type of guy, but that picture helped make that fire under me grow larger. Since last Sunday - I have walked/jogged/ran 27.2 miles. That picture not only got me started on my journey, but it just moved me into another level of fitness.

Monday provided motivation. I ran the fastest mile since starting the journey on Monday. The first mile was completed in 9min 58 sec. I followed that sub-10 minute mile with the longest run since breaking my ankle - which was 2.2 miles. This day served as a huge motivation to get going. Monday was also the beginning day of the six week challenge. I weighed 207.2 in the afternoon.

Tuesday shifted focus. I went to the new domain on Tuesday. My fitness is founded on purpose. If I were doing this without purpose I would not keep the weight off and continue working out. My journey is not superficial and it is intentional. My wife also took a huge step this day and it was fun to watch! Thank you all so much for supporting her too.

Killer Abs Wednesday. Wednesdays typically don't bring much of anything. This Wednesday was different. I gained a new workout partner in my wife. I again ran the 2.2 course with the first mile beating Monday's fastest Mile time of 9:58. Wednesday's Mile time was ran in 9min 14 sec. I shaved 44 seconds off of the previous year to date best! The first mile was easy but the second mile killed me. I struggled. I almost quit. I didn't quit. I finished. I also committed to two races.

Declaration Thursday and the 3 mile. Thursday proved to be a really good day. My love for running was publicly declared and it felt good for all to hear. I have had a lot of time to think now that I am running every day. It's amazing how clear the brain gets when you are running. I even use my iPod when running, but there is something about running that makes the mind clear. I decided that I would use my naiveness expertise as an overweight runner and put it into writing. This was a lot of fun and could be expanded on like crazy. I ran 3 miles which beat Monday's longest run of 2.2 miles. I did the 3 miles in 32:15. I was pretty excited about that time.

Friday fun run. I did not post yesterday because of my busy schedule. I had a field trip and that messed up the rest of the day. I did get back from the trip, went home, and then went for a run. I had planned on a rest day - and by rest day I was just going to cut down on the running to 1.5 miles. I decided that since I did not need to pace for 3 miles that I would just try to beat my previous fastest mile time and then finish with the 1/2 mile. I ended up running 3.5 miles for the fun of it. I did beat my fastest time by 15 seconds. I did the first mile in 8:59. One of my original goals for the year is to run a 9 minute mile. I have checked that off of my list -- and then followed that mile by 2.5 more miles of running just for the fun of it.

Saturday = relaxation. I took a break today. I still managed 3 miles of walking throughout the day and quick mile on Wilma (treadmill). It has been very relaxing. We were supposed to go to Starbuck's and get my Caramel Machiatto w/lite whip today but decided that we'd do that tomorrow. I'm so looking forward to that.

This week has been a great week and I can only hope that this next one is just as good. This past week has left me wanting more. One thing that I know for sure though --- is that I will make the best out of everything that comes my way. Yes.

Thanks so much guy for reading and following along with my journey.

How have you been productive this past week with workouts, eating, and Life?


Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story said...

I was having a great eating/work out week until Friday, it's been a bit downhill this weekend (apart from the 10k) but not insanely downhill. I have some great meals planned for next week and I'm ready to kick off another good one! :)

Tricia said...

sounds like a great week!

whenever you get off track you need to come back and reread this post and remember how great it felt!

Tara said...

Dude, I have been so productive it's not funny.


As we speak I'm changing up my ipod shuffle with new workout music cause I got a hot date with both the elliptical and the pool at the gym!

Kyle Gershman said...

Hmm...I think I've been productive, but certainly not as productive as YOU!

I'm so happy for your running successes! I'll get my tired ass out there today, I promise!

Kyle Gershman said...

Ok...I got back around 12 from 3.14 mile run (within my normal 4.8 mile loop). I'm still a slow-poke, but I'm just glad I broke the cycle of my prior two runs where I couldn't seem to push myself past 1.5 miles and was way off from my best distances so far.

Less mental bargaining and more running darn it!

Thanks Seth for the kick in the pant, though you didn't intend it. I think they call that being inspirational!

PhluffyPrincess said...

I enjoyed this post. I can only hope that I will become a runner. That is actually a dream of mine. This week I am proud that I got back on track and have been more creative with my workouts.

Anthony said...

That's excellent man. Whatta week! Sharing with this everyone is in inspiration to all of us, so thank you.

I am right there with you. I've been looking at older pictures too and it definitely relights any flames of intensity for this whole thing.

MargieAnne said...

Awesome week. I so admire you for getting back into running so quickly. Not everyone has such a quick recovery so I'm sure it has a lot to do with your attitude and willingness to listen to and respect your body


cmoursler said...

yup yup and yup....I reached one of my major goals this morning. It makes me very happy. Every day is a new revelation...
You are doing so good.
I like coming by to read because I never worry about what it's going to say.

ashley!nocera said...

This post is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us. So inspirational on so many levels. Keep going and kick some tail! You're doing great!

therightfit said...

This was a really great post. I think it's so important to review what was done right in the past week. Very inspiring!

Reese said...

That is great that you and your wife work out together! My husband and I went to the gym for our date night last week and it was fun :)
I jogged a few times this past week and my calves are burning! I like this post because it makes me think about how it won't always be like that. Thanks for another inspirational and motivating post!

Jessica Gilliam said...

Awesome work!

bbubblyb said...

Wow what a great week you've had.

For your question, I've been more aware of how much I'm moving by wearing a pedometer everyday. It's been very eye opening for me. With food it's been a struggle some this week. Some weeks my mental state is better than others. I keep wondering will it get easier. I know it's all in my hands.

Glad to have started reading your blog you bring me motivation. Thanks.

Josie said...

YAY for great weeks that leave us wanting more. You are well on your way to achieving the success you're after...and you deserve it. I look forward to seeing many more awesome week recaps like this! This was the second blog I've seen today that did a week in review. I think I might start doing that myself.