Overweight Running And How To Run Sexy With More

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Overweight running is all about overcoming anything that will take you away from being consistent.

It is one thing to be an elite runner but it is a whole different ballgame to be overweight and struggling to get back into shape.

You should not be ashamed by this. People jump to conclusions and never consider the feelings of those striving to do something that is already hard for lighter runners.

Overweight runners are not lazy.

I will never believe this. They just need help, whether in the form of a kind word or the incentives to see how big of a change can occur with consistent running.

I have been at this for over 20 years and running professionally for the past 4 years.

I find it extremely motivating to see someone out trying to lose excess weight. It is far more impressive to me than someone out running repeats miles at 4.45 a rep.

Yes, highly trained athletes have to work very hard to maintain their fitness level and achieve goals they have set for themselves. I have lived that day in an day out since I was 15 and it is hard. It isn’t as impressive. Sorry folks.

I have been on countless runs where I got a jolt of motivation simply by seeing a heavier person out trying.

Everyone is worthy

Overweight running reminds me of highly motivated people doing something just as sexy as winning a gold medal…making an attempt.

This is the biggest first step anyone can make in gaining fitness. You have to try and be diligent. Your goal cannot leave your mental rolodex. Write it down, visualize it, talk to yourself about it.

Do whatever you need to do but don’t lose sight, hope, or stop thinking you can’t drop weight. Your overweight running goal should be first, to find a consistent roadmap and stick with it. Consistency is the name of the game, get into a

Our society gives credit and attention to athletes who already have the build, possibly the genetic advantages and the determination to make the activity relatively easy. What about those who have to fight just to run a couple minutes? Are you any less worthy? Hardly.

Whether your 144 lbs or 444 lbs we all have the capability to make fitness strides.

Everyone can become great

Thats easy for you to say Nate you aren’t like me.

Possibly true, but what I am is an overcomer just like you. I have dealt with failure, wanting to give up and understand some of the heartache you might have encountered.

I may be lighter but I have an open ear and know how to listen and am no better than you. You are just as determined as me and I don’t care what your weight currently is. You have the potential to get to your dream weight and do away with overweight running once and for all.

Let me tell you, if you are overweight and think it will never come off.

Contact me

I can assure you it will and am available anytime at nate at rundreamachieve dot com if you need someone to vent to.

An individual who is out trying to do something that is far easier for the majority of us is sexy to me.

The hardest thing for me presently is I feel like a small tad pool in a vast ocean of folks writing. How will I reach those who really could be helped?

I suppose as long as I put forth the same determination and hunger I have used with my running to this endeavor, I am going to reach you. Running is a great sport and probably one of the best you can participate in to drop weight.

So, considering that your already sexy, regardless if your weight isn’t where you need it to be, what can you do to overcome feelings of doubt that it will never melt off?

Drink More Water

It is a great way to offset hunger and give you the feeling of being full. You obviously need to hydrate well doing anything strenuous to replace the fluids you lost doing an activity like running.

It isn’t easy to focus on drinking water when there are such beverage choices as Coke, Pepsi etc. but sodas will leave you dehydrated, exactly what you don’t want to be when trying to drop weight.

If you have this issue and know you should be drinking more water, considering reducing one soda less per week and eventually get it to where you are drinking one soda per week.

I am not saying you have to give up what you love to drink, but drinking more water is a great way to lose weight and will keep your body looking great Yes, I did just make that word up and am not ashamed 🙂

Think Short Term.

I would normally say think long-term, but in this case breaking your fitness into smaller chunks will make the process of dropping weight and growing your sexiness all the more effective. Your not looking too far ahead. It may be too much to do that at this stage in your fitness.

It is hard enough, even for experienced athletes to get into shape, breaking your schedule up into small segments will make it easier drop weight.

Don’t think, ‘how can I drop 20 lbs in X amount of time’? Break it up with a far sexier thought..’ I am delicious and have what it takes, this week I will walk 20 minutes straight’ Next week I will aim to run 5 minutes without stopping. 3 weeks from now I will be running 2 miles without having to stop once.

Think Long Term

The weight will melt off. You just have to keep plugging away and being consistent, be true to yourself. You have far more capability than you think. Running is the quickest ways to get you to the weight you want to be at.

It will relieve stress, lower your heart rate. You will not have to feel exhausted walking up a few steps. If you think I am jet throwing fluff your way.

You might want to consider this. I wish I had more occasions to run with people who are ‘currently’ overweight and if your near Nashville I will run with you. Shoot me an email at nate@rundreamachieve.com  …too easy

My wife showed me this video. I was stunned and made me think about my own running endeavors.

How much easier it should be for me being a lower weight to get out the door to get in better shape. I really hope this video will give you the inspiration you need. If this guy can do it, why can’t you?

Write Your Goals Down

Yes, you do have to have the right mental state to get through training if you are overweight, but telling you simply to ‘have a positive mental attitude’ isn’t enough.

One, you and I both know attitude has its place, but doing things like writing down, actually materializing your goal in written form and placing it in various places in your home is an easy reminder that you are working toward something beyond sexy. You are doing something that is going to change your life.

I am not about to insult your intelligence by telling you something you already possess. You are mentally strong but if it isn’t working, redirect your focus to maximize  what you already born with, an unimaginable amount of physiological and mental power.

Why is that mothers have the strength to lift cars when their child is underneath or martial artists do incredible feats of strength? The mind and body are working together.

You have that gift. It isn’t just some runner you read about who performs at a high level.

The gentleman in the video was severely overweight and totally focused in on his goal. He is no different than you. Yes, it is mental attitude but it is a combination of many small things, done with enormous focus.

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his is something far greater than someone breaking a 2.20 marathon.

Who cares really?  A person changing their life by dropping weight out running is a much more long-lasting, concrete accomplishment.

A performance is fleeting, but changing your health for the better is even greater. Write down your goals and keep them in places that will remind you to get out the door, even when you don’t want to. It isn’t going to be easy at first but keep the above video in mind.

The bottom line is people have to care. I am in the performance industry where running fast times and placing high in races seems to be where its at to earn respect. This post isn’t so much for runners who come from a background similar to mine.

This is for anyone, whether you are an overweight runner or one that has busted their tail for years and still don’t feel like you have a belonging in this sport. I beg to differ with you.

Your potential is only limited to what you bring to it mentally. You have a place here at rundreamachieve.com.

If you would like to tell your story, write a guest post or ever want to talk you can reach me at nate@rundreamachieve.com, leave a comment or contact me via Facebook, twitter or google+.

I don’t have all the answers but what I do have is the willingness to help in anyway I can.

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5 thoughts on “Overweight Running And How To Run Sexy With More

  1. I can’t tell you how much this post means to me. I just stumbled upon this while looking for information for overweight runners. I’ve been feeling a little insecure about my running habit but this completely inspired me. I’m going to check out the rest of your blog and hopefully become a regular reader. I have been doing the Couch to 5K running program for 4 weeks now and absolutely love it. I weight over 220 pounds but since I’ve started I have lots 14 pounds, combined with healthier eating! It’s incredible. And I’ve never been more proud of myself or inspired by myself. I never feel as good as I do right after a run. That being said, sometimes I get really self conscious when I’m out there and skinnier runners or bikers pass me and stare. Because they do- they stare. I try to ignore it but it’s not always easy. The video and the post have helped to make me realize that none of that matters. What I’m doing is amazing, I’m kicking ass and taking names. Soon enough I will call myself a RUNNER and not be embarrassed. Thank you for this post! 🙂 If you have any inspiring tips or any valuable information, feel free to email me. Thanks again.

  2. Jill,

    To know that this impacts other runners such as yourself reassures me that what I am trying to do matters and that people care. I have lived and breathed fitness since I was 15 years old. It is all I have ever known and why I am trying to reach more peoples around the world to help impact their lives. Don’t be concerned with what other people think. I know it may be hard right now but think of how fine tuned and sharp you are going to be months from now. Huge congrats on dropping 14 pounds and take that as fuel. Little by little you are chopping down the tree. Bruce Lee said it best when it comes to what you are doing.

    “I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times”

    When you run by a group that is looking at you and you find yourself focusing on them direct your thoughts on how you are going to feel when you are at your goal weight. You are doing something those that are staring at you are not, running, working out, making an effort.

    Keep fighting, don’t let up. This will be hard, running isn’t an easy sport but as the weight melts off (and it will) it will become much more enjoyable. Keep the faith!

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