I am an ordinary guy...
I had been gaining weight for years, but in 2003 (when my wife was pregnant) I ballooned to 265 pounds (at 5’ 6” that is a lot of weight to carry around).
I stayed at that weight until my son turned two and my father passed away.
That year, I decided to try to get back in shape. I tried working out (I even joined a boot camp group), but I found that all I was doing was exercising to eat. I dropped a few pounds, but it all came back.
In September, 2007, at 36 years old (and after running the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K
in 1 hour and 17 minutes) I made the choice to eat right and start seriously running.
I worked out with the MUSC Boot camp three days a week and started running on my own (I only took days off because everyone told me I had too).
In February, 2008, I had dropped my weight to 164 pounds (I still weigh the same). My Body Fat went from 31.2% to 13.9%; my triglycerides went from 235 to 34; and my waist shrunk from 46” to 31” - my waist is smaller now than when I was in high school!
In February, 2009, I returned to Myrtle Beach and finished my first full marathon (The Myrtle Beach Marathon
). Later that year I ran the Marine Corps Marathon
in Washington DC. These were two of the most amazing moments of my life and I was able to share them with my wife and son!
In 2010 I ran the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K
and cut my time by 29 minutes to 48:49. Later that Summer, on July 4th
in Downtown Charleston, I ran my first Ultra Marathon
(a 12 hour race where I ran 50.5 miles and came in third).
You could say I’m now hooked on running.
All of these things would be awesome on their own, but the best part is that my whole family is healthier. When I ran the Marine Corps Marathon
my wife was running the 10K and the day before my son ran the One Mile Kids Run (at seven he ran a 5K in 34:30
I share my story on this blog not to boast, but because I have to. So many people have helped me and still help me as I go on this journey. I owe so much to the Marines (who run the MUSC Boot Camp), the staff of the MUSC Weight Management Center, the staff of TrySports
(who treated me like a “real runner” from day one), my friends and family who put up with my constant jabber about running, and my amazing wife and son who support me each and every day.
I believe anyone can make this change. Walking out your front door and going for a run or walk can be an adventure every time.