Am I Too Fat To Run A Marathon Or A Half Marathon Race?
When I started training for my first marathon I was roughly 35lbs overweight.
I didn’t start off by running immediately, I focused instead on walking more and eating better and finally I got to the point where I was only 20lbs overweight and could run without much effort.
I think the biggest thing stopping me at the time was my mental attitude towards my weight. If you are carrying a lot of extra pounds then it’s easy to feel down on yourself for not being able to live up to your own expectations.
That’s why I preach a ground up approach to running.
Rather than focus on what you can’t do in terms of jogging, concentrate on what you can do now. If you can run 100 yards today, then you have something to build upon over time.
You might start off as a runner who is 50lbs overweight, but the more you run the easier it will get over time (especially if the weight continues to drop off you)
As a 280lbs man I never could have dreamt that I’d run a marathon.
When I first started to lose weight in January 2010 my original goal was not run a marathon. I just wanted to feel better as I felt like I was trapped in a body I did not like.
As I lost weight I kinda knew that I had to make a lifestyle change in order to keep the weight off. It wasn’t enough to just diet, stop and then regain all of the weight like I did countless times in the past.
I had to lose another 50lbs before I started out on my journey as a runner.
To be honest running was probably even possible when I was 280lbs but at the time I struggled even to walk without getting out of breath so I focused instead on getting better at it.
If you’re feeling down about your weight and are concerned about whether you’ll ever be able to run at all, then don’t give up hope. Running is possible if you continue to lose weight and focus on making a step forward every single day.
It might take you a while to get where you want to go, but believe me it’s worth it!