Tips for overweight runners
What are some solid tips for overweight runners that will make the most impact?
Are you are a member of the overweight group?
Do NOT lose heart.
It is one thing if you are already in shape and this is what you do for a living (I have had that very unique opportunity) or if you have been running for many years.
Athletes who are overweight have an enormous stress already placed upon them trying to learn to love this sport. What I have done doesn't help, taking the time to care can.
Running, if you are overweight, will not be easy. It will be downright hard.
You are the type of athlete that I am the most interested in because you have the most potential for long-term success.
It might seem odd for someone to read that I think overweight people are athletes.
We ALL are athletes. You just have to chisel out the athlete hidden inside.
I know it is not easy but you have to hang on and stay motivated.
You are in control
You have to continually remind yourself that this quest of losing weight is in your control and you will overcome it.
Telling people how to run longer and at goal race pace doesn't help someone who has never run a step in their life or who have weight challenges.
Of course, my drive stems from the challenge running brings.
How fast can I possibly push my body?
Can I told sub 5.12 pace for 26.2 miles? These are the questions I ask in my own training.
What would someone ask who has never run a step in their life or who are overweight?
How can I run for 5 minutes without walking? How can I run for 5 minutes when I have a hard time walking for 5 minutes? Is this you? Don't feel bad.
Your goals are just as challenging as mine. They are greater then mine.
Believe in yourself
You have just as much potential as anyone else.
I wrote about this in Long Distance Running | Run Longer And Get Faster, the importance of drive, regardless if you are a runner or not, is paramount. I read up on a runner from the United Kingdom by the name of Steve Way.
He was overweight and was a smoker and decided he had to make a change.
The guy ended up running a stellar 2.19.39 marathon at the 2011 London Marathon.
Folks, that is 5.19 per mile pace for 26.2 miles in a row.
Pretty impressive considering this guy was overweight and was a smoker.
He is one of millions of other people who shed pounds and learn to love running.
Here is the deal.
Have patience with yourself
Your goal may not be to break a 2.20.00 marathon. I get it.
It is very easy for me to go out and do a run, but writing about something that I, fortunately, have found to be enjoyable has to be something that is going to impact someone who has a hard time and finds it painful.
If I were talking face to face with someone who has never run a step in their life, who wants to become a runner or someone who is overweight these are the tips I would share:
- Think Slow First. The great thing about gaining running ability and fitness is that it revolves around progression. If you take things slowly and don't think too far ahead you can focus on small, incremental goals and build on them. This could be to get your long run out to 15 minutes without stopping and eventually branch out to two hours.
Overweight people are athletes. I researched various articles in writing this post and one was termed, “If you want to win more races, lose some weight“.
I think this is a common thought, but many people simply don't know how to overcome their weight problem and learn to enjoy running.
Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway. ~Mignon McLaughlin
Why are they athletes?
If you are overweight, you are simply a world-class athlete disguised in a temporary larger version of yourself.
Your only trimming down the athlete you already are by losing weight. People have to have a reason to fight for something they want. They are not always encouraged properly or often enough.
Considerate words by someone who truly gives a shit (pardon my french), I have found, makes the difference.
Those individuals who have encouraged me along the way in my own training pursuits (or any area of my life) have been instrumental in my success. Caring counts.
If your overweight, want to get back into shape, do a little soul searching and consider soul running
You Have What It Takes.
The most powerful thing any of us can do for one another is encourage each other. I have been doing this for over 20 years and not only that but do lead generation for businesses like I did at san antonio asphalt installation.
Running is what I breathe and think about. The thought of running may make a person who is overweight sick. So how can we motivate someone to change? Encourage them!
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.-Proverbs 12:25
Now, we all know you can visualize all day long about being fit, but unless it is followed with action, is it really useful? Well, by doing so you are setting your mind to work in your favor. Yes, you have to take action, but you also have to take action mentally.
What did you learn by watching this? Did you notice the words he used?
Do they relate to your own viewpoint? Can you adjust your thoughts to mimic his? Of course! I think we all could use more motivation and changing how we think and what we say to ourselves on a daily basis has to be a focal point.
Embrace the challenge
If you are facing challenges based on your weight consider the mindset of a child. They have no limitations. It is we, as adults, who seem to steer away from their mindset. We put limits on ourselves and lose sight of that child-like way of thinking.
Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.- Henri Frederick Amie
In closing, I encourage you to keep getting through each day. Take it slow, you have just as much potential as anyone else. Find someone or something that is going to fire you up on a daily basis.
Think about what you want constantly and don't think for a second you can't excel as a runner due to your weight. Time and effort will melt it away and mold you into the athlete you already were, only fitter!
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