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Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy - SHATTERED


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Friday, May 11, 2012

I've previously mentioned that I started C25K last month just walking the intervals, thinking that I was too heavy to actually do the running sections and that I'd eventually be able to run when I'd lost about 20 or 30 lbs.

But then I began to read all sorts of stories about people that have run entire 5K races at 230 lbs or started their running at over 300 lbs...people who have now lost close to 100 lbs.

Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy To Work Out

Not true. I'm here to share two very important breakthroughs that I had JUST a couple hours ago...this very morning.

I started running (for real, doing the running intervals of C25K) two weeks ago. Yes...as in...14 days ago. It was super tough. The first week, I was struggling through those runs...having trouble finding my breathing rhythm, only able to barely run 1.5 minute increments, etc. As I have done a few more runs, though, the running intervals have felt easier. Progress.

A few days ago, I decided that C25K was progressing a bit too slowly for me. I honestly felt I could safely go further and do more than the program was allowing me to do. So, I checked in with my trainer and we decided I could just cautiously TRY to do a run all on my own without the program to see where my boundaries are.

I found I was able to do 2.86 miles with much more running mixed in than C25K was allowing. This was a huge deal for me...and so I ditched C25K for good and decided to just listen to my own body. And, make no mistake, with my past injuries...I am hyperaware of my body and I will respect any hints of pain or weakness! I'm not an idiot! However, when I got home, mapped my run and realized that I had come SO close to the length of a 5K, I got a little idea in my brain.

After two days of rest from running, I woke up bright and early at 6am this morning and hit the pavement. Oh man, you guys...I did NOT want to do this run!!! But I have promised myself health and so much more...and I WILL NOT break my promise.

So, are you ready for the two humongous breakthroughs???

1. I did a full 5K in one hour. And, the best part is...most of it was running! Just a few walking intervals. But running actually felt better than walking!

Are you understanding this? I am 238 lbs and, after two weeks of running, I ran 3.1 miles this morning...before most of my part of the world even got out of bed or went to work!

2. Perhaps more exciting for me was something else completely unexpected.

Somewhere in the middle of that run, my body slipped into its "perfect run". I have a hard time articulating this, but basically...I stopped overanalyzing, stopped thinking about pain, stopped trying so hard and relaxed and it was like my body took over and settled into what IT wanted to do. There's a certain pace, a certain set of the shoulders, a positioning of the legs, a certain pattern of breathing that is just natural and calm and it drives you forward effortlessly. It's like finally getting into a groove that doesn't involve struggle. This is what keeps a runner going through the long races. And, truthfully...when I hit that place, it really WAS more comfortable running than walking. When I realized this had happened, I was just bursting with joy.

For the last quarter mile, I sobbed. With joy...with pride...with sadness. So many emotions just flooded from my heart.

I can't believe I did it.
I didn't know I had this in me.
I wish I could tell Aunt Lois. She'd be so proud! (grief)
I'm so thankful for all my fitness inspirations.
I did this myself, yet I rode on the backs of so many amazing people...thinking of them really got me through this run.
I love myself.
I feel like I'm flying.
I can do anything!
I feel beautiful.

I can do anything...and I can do it RIGHT NOW...at this weight.

Exercise Excuse #3: I'm Too Heavy To Work Out - SHATTERED!

UPDATE: If you enjoyed this blog about the "rewards" of running, I encourage you to read my next entry, which takes a little more detailed look at the risks. As in life, balance is a great thing and keeps us healthy. Spark on, friends!!!!
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IFEOMA4 11/1/2012 11:00AM

  A big congratulations.

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LOGOULD 9/16/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon it's amazing what out bodies will do if we listen to them instead of that little voice in our heads that keeps saying "I can't" ROCK ON GIRL!!!

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SHARLOTTEJ 8/27/2012 5:13PM

    Way to GO!!!!

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MP3462 8/6/2012 7:45AM

  you go girl

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SLJMOORE 7/11/2012 12:12PM

    Wow! quite inspiring! I've just started walking on a treadmill this week and after a few days I am already seeing that I am stronger than I think. I walk a little faster, a little harder, a little further everyday. I am looking forward to having a similar breakthrough as you! Keep on motivating!! emoticon

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CAROLINAKATLADY 7/3/2012 1:39AM

    Been trying to get myself psyched to run. What was the program you did for two weeks prior? Where can I find it? I was elated and so inspired by your post. Thanks for sharing.

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TPETRIE 5/28/2012 6:41PM

  Great job. It's amazing what challenging ourselves can do for our self esteem and the benefits we receive from it.

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    Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 5/26/2012 1:29PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Now I'm PUMPED!

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JEANNINEMM68 5/26/2012 11:45AM

    Thank you for sharing your great experience. I too fall into saying that I am too heavy to do some things. I need to be more like you and just do it.

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HAPPI2ME 5/25/2012 8:06PM

    Very inspirational... Grea Job!!!!

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MEA6785 5/25/2012 8:14AM

    Your blog just made me tear up! It also has given me inspiration to get back into a fitness routine and maybe even give running another shot. Keep up the great work, and thank you so much for sharing:)

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COURAGE4ME 5/22/2012 3:37PM

    Awesome Awesome-I'm just blown away. trying to find motivation for a healthy lifestyle. thank you for your inspiration! started SP at end of feb '12 and kept motivated for about a month and then wham lost it and disappeared. thanks again for this journal! Way to go!

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MARYM1962 5/22/2012 10:53AM

  what an inspiration - it makes me want to go out right now and try (too hot at 10 in the morning though - I think I will wait til tomorrow morning for the running and do something else today).

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SERENAMICHELLE 5/21/2012 8:23AM

    I know how difficult it is in the beginning... I can totally relate to your sotory because at 260+ pounds I started running- not because I ever intended to, but because I had a ton of energy I wanted to get out on one of my morning walks. Since that day in the middle of February - I have worked my way up to 5+ miles running. I remember crying when I was finally able to reach 2 miles- it truly was a victory!

I'm currently 237 pounds and I'm aiming to be able to run a half-marathon. I've already run several 5K distances (on my own- not as a race) - and this weekend I'm planning on tackling 6.2 miles for my first 10K distance. I'm nearly half way there to my half-marathon distance!

With that said, I know not everyone is able to run at heavier weights due to physical pain or potential injuries (hips/knees/ankles). However, starting off with the right fundementals will definitely make a world of difference (namely- proper fitted running shoes and learning proper running form to prevent injury.

GREAT JOB GIRL!!!


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SLJWATTS 5/19/2012 10:15AM

    What an inspriation- keep going you are awesome! I am going to be thinking of you when I hit the road in about an hour...

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STEPHENTDAILEY 5/17/2012 10:32AM

    I played football and ran track in highschool (at 180lbs.), so I too know this "spot". I had to drop out of school back then, and life was kinds bad from then on, for a long time. I started SP at 328lbs. I have started running part of my 2, 3, and five mile walks now at 280lbs. It is becoming easier and more exillerating. I really miss the runners high, like I was floating. Thank you for this.

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NEED-TO-BREATHE 5/16/2012 12:28AM

    You go girl! I love that you kept your promise to yourself! Many of us forget to do that! emoticon . You give me inspiration cause I feel I am too heavy but after reading this post... I might not be after all. emoticon

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DRWALLACE98 5/15/2012 10:50PM

  great job! and what an inspiration!

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EARTHTONED84 5/15/2012 3:11PM

    This is so inspiring. I can totally understand the whole "perfect run" feeling. Keep kicking ass! I think today I will start that program up again. The sky's the limit! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/15/2012 12:45PM

    This is an awesome blog! COngratulations on your running success. I had all of those same emotions when I just decided to run a 5k. I cried, I laughed, it was very overwhelming. Well done!

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ELLIMINTY 5/15/2012 12:15PM

    Congratulations on finding your lope! Years (and years) ago I made a deal with my elementary school gym teacher (a friend of mine's dad) that I would run cross country if he would let me jump into the school gymnastics classes early.

I hated it then. HATED it. But I found my lope -- that perfect stride that you can continue for a long stretch with less effort.

Recently I've tried to start running again, and haven't been able to find my lope. I miss it. You've inspired me to keep trying!

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KAKT0610 5/15/2012 12:04PM

  After serving for 8 years in the Army, I have yet to feel what you described as your perfect run. I wished I had been able to feel that back then, but the military is all about uniformity of course :) I have just joined Sparkpeople and you are such an inspiration. What you said at the end really resonated with me, "I feel beautiful" Right in that moment. You aren't waiting until you reach the perfect size, or lost a certain amount of weight. You are beautiful all day everyday! Keep on pushing and God bless you!

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  Way to go! You are AWSOME!

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AUSSIELOVE2 5/15/2012 6:55AM

    That adrenaline that kicks in.. I like how you referred to it as your body slipping into it's "perfect run". :) This is inspiring !! You will never know until you try! You could become paralyzed analyzing all the things you can't do or all the things that could go wrong... (and all the excuses)... but to prove yourself wrong and SHATTER the excuse is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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BHOOMEESWAREE 5/15/2012 2:47AM

  Good motivation thank you a lot and keep it up



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LESSISMORE2010 5/14/2012 9:43PM

    Congratulations!!!! Thank you for the inspiration to get off my rear and do this!

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    love the attitude and ambition... super inspirational emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 5/14/2012 6:59PM

    Awesome. You can do it and you did. Keep up the good work and you will be at the ideal weight for you

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