79 Pounds of Fat

Friday, December 4, 2015

Last week I hit 2000 miles tracked through Nike+ since I started in May, 2011. Since then I have logged 537 runs, burned 275,357 calories, which is the same as 79 pounds of fat, and run three half marathons.

Me before I started running

Me now. I'm cooking tandoori lamb with naan.

Since I started running I have dropped 55lbs. That means running has allowed me to eat 84,000 extra calories without gaining weight (24 x 3500 = 84,000)! That's like being able to eat 636 brownies, or drink 545 beers, or eat 893 tablespoons of peanut butter! But this isn't a "yea me!" post, this is a "look in the rearview mirror" post. 

This 55 lbs bag of dog food from Costco used to be on my body...well not exactly but you get the idea.

My average speed from my first run to my 537th.

There is nothing inherently profound about 2000 miles. In fact, it's not really that many miles compared to 'real' runners or people who log large volumes of miles per month. In fact 2000 miles in four years really isn't anything to brag about.  To put it in perspective I've run 1004 miles this year alone. So while I'm not a 'fount' of running experience I have learned a few things along the way that are worth sharing:

  • I've never finished a run and regretted it. Even if I have a cold or am really tired or the weather stinks.
  • The more miles I run the faster I can run.
  • Every run takes effort, I just learned to like the effort.
  • What I eat (and how much) has made a bigger difference for my weight than running.
  • Getting new running clothes and gear is fun. 
  • Having a partner is a HUGE advantage. I never would have started running and eating right without mine. 
  • No one wants to hear about my running or eating. If they care they'll ask. It's best to not be 'evangelical' about it.
  • People just assume I am 'naturally' fit and I don't have to work at it. While this is annoying, I've learned it's best to just let it go and not say anything.

I've been able to run in a lot of places. There are others not shown on the map around the world, including many treadmills on ships.
I'm very thankful to be healthy and injury free. I'm grateful I have a supportive wife and kids. And I'm excited to see what the next 2000 miles has in store. Hopefully it won't take me another four years!

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