Overweight running is all about overcoming anything that will take you away from being consistent.
It is one thing to be an elite runner but it is a whole different ballgame to be overweight and struggling to get back into shape.
You should not be ashamed by this.
People jump to conclusions and never consider the feelings of those striving to do something that is already hard for lighter runners.
Overweight Runners are Not Lazy
I will never believe this.
I have been at this for over 28 years and ran professionally for 8 of them.
So, I find it extremely motivating to see someone out trying to lose excess weight. It is far more impressive to me than someone out running repeats miles at 4.45 a rep.
I have been on countless runs where I got a jolt of motivation simply by seeing a heavier person out training.
Everyone is Worthy
Overweight running reminds me of highly motivated people doing something with purpose.
This is the biggest first step anyone can make in gaining fitness. You have to be diligent. Your goal cannot leave your mental rolodex. Write it down, visualize it, talk to yourself about it.
Do whatever you need to do but don't lose sight, hope, or stop thinking you can't drop weight.
Your overweight running goal should be first, to find a consistent roadmap and stick with it. Consistency is the name of the game, get into a
Our society gives credit and attention to athletes who already have the build, possibly the genetic advantages and the determination to make the activity relatively easy. What about those who have to fight just to run a couple minutes? Are you any less worthy? Hardly.
Whether your 144 lbs or 444 lbs we all have the capability to make fitness strides.
Everyone can become great
That's easy for you to say Nate you aren't like me.
Possibly true, but what I am is an overcomer just like you. I have dealt with failure, wanting to give up and understand some of the heartache you might have encountered.
I may be lighter but I have an open ear and know how to listen and am no better than you. You are just as determined as me and I don't care what your weight currently is. You have the potential to get to your dream weight and do away with overweight running once and for all.
Let me tell you, if you are overweight and think it will never come off.
I can assure you it will and am available anytime at nate at rundreamachieve dot com if you need someone to vent to.
An individual who is out trying to do something that is far easier for the majority of us is sexy to me.
The hardest thing for me presently is I feel like a small tad pool in a vast ocean of folks writing. How will I reach those who really could be helped?
I suppose as long as I put forth the same determination and hunger I have used with my running to this endeavor, I am going to reach you. Running is a great sport and probably one of the best you can participate in to drop weight.
So, considering that your already sexy, regardless if your weight isn't where you need it to be, what can you do to overcome feelings of doubt that it will never melt off?
Drink More Water
It is a great way to offset hunger and give you the feeling of being full. You obviously need to hydrate well doing anything strenuous to replace the fluids you lost doing an activity like running.
It isn't easy to focus on drinking water when there are such beverage choices as Coke, Pepsi etc. but sodas will leave you dehydrated, exactly what you don't want to be when trying to drop weight.
If you have this issue and know you should be drinking more water, considering reducing one soda less per week and eventually get it to where you are drinking one soda per week.
I am not saying you have to give up what you love to drink, but drinking more water is a great way to lose weight and will keep your body looking great Yes, I did just make that word up and am not ashamed :)
Think Short Term
Breaking your fitness into smaller chunks will make the process of dropping weight and growing your sexiness all the more effective. You're not looking too far ahead.
It may be too much to do that at this stage in your fitness.
It is hard enough, even for experienced athletes to get into shape, breaking your schedule up into small segments will make it easier drop weight.
Don't think, 'how can I drop 20 lbs in X amount of time'?
Break it up with a far sexier thought..' I am delicious and have what it takes, this week I will walk 20 minutes straight'
Next week I will aim to run 5 minutes without stopping. 3 weeks from now I will be running 2 miles without having to stop once.
Think Long Term
The weight will melt off. You just have to keep plugging away and being consistent, be true to yourself. You have far more capability than you think. Running is the quickest ways to get you to the weight you want to be at.
It will relieve stress, lower your heart rate. You will not have to feel exhausted walking up a few steps. If you think I am jet throwing fluff your way.
You might want to consider this. I wish I had more occasions to run with people who are 'currently' overweight and if your near Nashville I will run with you.
Shoot me an email at nathanpennington at protonmail dot com.
My wife showed me this video. I was stunned and made me think about my own running endeavors.
How much easier it should be for me being a lower weight to get out the door to get in better shape.
Write Your Goals Down
Yes, you do have to have the right mental state to get through training if you are overweight, but telling you simply to 'have a positive mental attitude' isn't enough.
I am not about to insult your intelligence by telling you something you already possess.
You are mentally strong but if it isn't working, redirect your focus to maximize what you already born with, an unimaginable amount of physiological and mental power.
Why is that mothers have the strength to lift cars when their child is underneath or martial artists do incredible feats of strength? The mind and body are working together.
You have that gift. It isn't just some runner you read about who performs at a high level.
The gentleman in the video was severely overweight and totally focused in on his goal. He is no different than you. Yes, it is mental attitude but it is a combination of many small things, done with enormous focus.
A performance is fleeting, but changing your health for the better is even greater.
Write down your goals and keep them in places that will remind you to get out the door, even when you don't want to.
It isn't going to be easy at first but keep the above video in mind.
The bottom line is people have to care.
I am in the performance industry where running fast times and placing high in races seems to be where its at to earn respect.
This post isn't so much for runners who come from a background similar to mine.
This is for anyone, whether you are an overweight runner or one that has busted their tail for years and still don't feel like you have a belonging in this sport. I beg to differ with you.
Your potential is only limited to what you bring to it mentally. You have a place here at rundreamachieve.com.
If you would like to tell your story, write a guest post or ever want to talk you can reach me at nathanpennington at protonmail dot com.
I don't have all the answers but what I do have is the willingness to help in anyway I can.