I'm a Runner!
Yes, I am overweight and I run! Really! I run!
You would be surprised at the strange looks I get when I tell people I run on a regular basis. I have run many 5K (3.1 miles) races and two half-marathons (13.1 miles) – all while overweight, and I am not talking just a tiny bit overweight either. No, I am not fast but I finish! I am not out to beat the six foot, slender 20 year old – that is unrealistic. I am out running for me. I run against myself. Each time I run I try to beat my previous time, if only by a second. And, if I do….YAY me!
The Journey Begins
My journey with running began when I was diagnosed with a meningioma (a benign brain tumor). I quickly realized that if I was to undergo brain surgery I would have to get my heart and lungs in shape. So, I started running and cross training. I have built up quite a bit of endurance. Unfortunately, I have not lost as much weight as I need to lose – primarily due to an under-active thyroid, but I am getting there - little by little, step by step.
Over the past three and a half years I have developed a strong love for running, despite tendonitis in my ankle and persistent knee pain. Thankfully, my chiropractor has genius hands and somehow manages to get my body back in alignment. Unfortunately, setbacks do occur. After a fantastic Biggest Loser 5K race in Jackson, Mississippi in November 2012, I began to experience terrible right knee pain. I brushed it off as runner's knee, but it never improved. Three months later I underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The surgeon found a couple of other issues while digging around in my knee, which he corrected. Three weeks later, I put down the crutches, but am still hobbling around. I am obeying doc's orders in an effort to return to the pavement and trails as soon as possible.
Why I Run
Runners have many reasons for running. Here are just a few of the reasons I run.
- Running is a great cardiovascular exercise.
- Running relieves stress.
- Running is a great way to start and/or end the day.
- Running allows me to get in touch with nature, especially on trail runs.
- Running friends are the best.
- Running races keeps me motivated.
- Running is an inexpensive form of exercise...one does not need a gym membership or fancy equipment. A good pair of running shoes and the road or a trail is all that is needed.
So, if you think you are too heavy to run – think again. This big girl does. Oh, and running will accelerate your weight loss efforts – that’s just an added bonus!