When I became obese at 36, during the first stages, the fact that I had been a runner in high school helped me to start running again and implement an exercise regimen, which I hadn’t done for over 16 years.
A lot of people consider running as a waste of their time, and from the age of 19 to 36, I used to believe that, too. Even with my running experience in high school, I was unused to exercise and followed the sedentary lifestyle of eating fast food and never exercising.
Exercise increases your life expectancy and also improves your health status, which results in a better quality of life. At first, however, I started running purely for vanity; I was obese and ugly, and I wanted to become the beautiful, sexy, lean machine I used to be. I was tired of being ashamed of my body, and so I started running again.
My Return to Running
When I started running again, I had no idea of how complicated it would be. I would run as I used to when I was a kid, just run like the wind without a care in the world— which was a good thing back then, because it made it easier to shed some of the extra weight.
However, I had to learn the hard way that starting a new exercise program could be risky: I was once hospitalized due to my ignorance about athletic nutrition, etc.
April 26th, 2010: 900-Meter Sprint
I trained for various races, starting with a 900-meter sprint on April 26th, 2010. For the next six months until I ran my first half-marathon, I would walk and run every other day, slowly increasing my distance. I took it slowly, and was surprised by my own patience and discipline to ease into my running program.
May 29th, 2010: First Mile in Training
On May 29th, 2010, I ran my first mile while training. It was actually a little more than a mile. It was the beautiful beginning of the wonderful story of my return to running.
A marathon is 26.2 miles, and running about 1/26th of that was amazing. I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment from running that distance. Sure, it’s “just” a mile, but to me, it wasn’t just a mile. I realized that everything was going to be all right. I could feel it in my creaky bones, in my aching muscles, that things will only get better from this point on, because I was at the bottom and the only way for me was up, up, up! My enthusiasm drove me to continue running, which led to greater and greater things.
This is an excerpt from my first book Thirsty for Health, if you liked it you can buy it from Amazon. Kindle and Paperback options are available.
Have a nice day.