Tips On How To Make The Transition From Being Obese To A Marathon Runner.
Making the transition from being obese to a marathon runner is a noble aim that takes time, effort and determination.
It however is not an impossible challenge. You can start on the road to begin a marathoner today by improving your diet and exercising a little more.
Here are a few tips that will hopefully give you food for thought on how to start making that transition.
- Weigh yourself if you haven’t done so already – The hardest part in turning my life around was finally consciously admitting to myself that I had a weight problem. Once I’d accepted my problems I began to find solutions to them.
- If you’re morbidly or clinically obese at the minute instead of diving straight into a marathon training program you might want to lose some weight first with walking and/or cross training. The problem with training for a marathon when you’re overweight is that you run the risk of injury particularly if you’re new to running. Take your time and lose weight slowly to begin with. Make your plan sustainable over the long term. You might want to enter some shorter races such as 5k ‘s, 10k’s or half marathons.
- Set a long term marathon target and break the run-up into achievable goals – Pick a race that’s between 6 months and a year away and set yourself some achievable short term targets. For example I was 230lbs when I entered my first marathon in July 2010 . The race wasn’t until May 2011 soiIn the interim I focused on getting my weight down below 215lbs and on running 5k on the treadmill by December that year.
- Stop comparing yourself to other more capable runners from the start – You’re on your own journey and your task is to continue to improve yourself bit by bit. If you compare your race times to another runner who has maybe running for 10 years, then you’ll become demotivated and lose focus.
- If you do have a period where you don’t run for a few weeks and eat less healthily, then break your downward slide as quickly as possible and learn what you can about what triggered your inactivity and/or weight gain. Then get back on track and re-dedicate your efforts into building forward momentum. Don’t rue your failures yesterday, instead concentrate on making today and tomorrow a success.
- The transformation from being obese to a marathon runner does not happen overnight. You have to maintain some level of focus and work towards losing weight and increasing your fitness. You won’t always be moving forward. Sometimes you’ll have to re-cover old ground and fight your way back to your old fitness level. The key is to never ever give up and concentrate on bettering yourself day-by-day. You don’t have to do anything drastic like radically altering your diet. You can make steady progress through eating a little less junk food and exercising a bit more.