I think I’ve figured it out.
Why so many fat guys quit running after only a few days, a few weeks, or one race.
No, it’s not the acid reflux…although it sucks.
No, it’s not even the inevitable nipple chafing.
The primary reason why so many fat guys quit running is much simpler…it’s skinny people!
Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge the stereotyping, prejudice, ranting, and fat-bias that will follow in this post. Don’t like it? I’m sure there is a Skinny People Running Marathons blog out there for you. Oh yeah…that’s every other running blog on the internet.
Just bear with me for a while.
Now, where was I? Oh yes, skinny people.
You see, fat guys go through a lot to step out the door and go for a run. Self-confidence, athletic ability, clothes that fit, and a lack of aerobic lung capacity are just a few of the barriers to entry and continuation. Making life changes is all about making choices…the choice between panting like a dog to catch your breath and sitting on the couch eating buffalo wings is pretty difficult…what fat guy doesn’t love buffalo wings?
But once we make it. Once we overcome those initial challenges. Once we get out on that path or trail. Once we get a mile or two in and are just getting into our mental and semi-physical groove…there’s that skinny dude that blows by us like it’s no big deal…like a Ferrari passing my Nissan Versa.
And the worst part…his inevitable comment.
You know….the “good job,” “keep it up,” “you’re almost there.” Like they feel obligated to offer some sort of motivation because we obviously can’t accomplish this ourselves.
Well, you know what skinny people? You can bite me.
Literally, bite me. Go ahead. Maybe that would help even the playing field by an ounce or two. After overcoming so many obstacles, skinny people constantly passing fat guys like we’re standing still can be pretty damn deflating (or maybe inflating in our case).
After thinking about this subject for a while, I came to a realization. Our problem as a running community is that we focus on one metric…time. If you ask me, running as a 200+ pounder is much more challenging that running as a 120-pound elite (or non-elite) athlete.
Don’t believe me skinny guy? Go ahead and wear an 80 pound weight vest and see how fast you go. I’ll be sure to give you a sincere “you’re doing so well” as I trot on by.
I think we’ve got it all wrong. In boxing and mixed martial arts, they don’t put Floyd Mayweather Jr. up against Brock Lesnar. Brock would eat Floyd….just like fat guys would eat….oh never mind, I think you get it.
Fat Guys Running Marathons believes in a different kind of metric…one where pounds are celebrated. An environment where weight and eating is not a barrier, but a competitive and delicious advantage. It’s called “Pound for Pound” timing. Take the runner’s time and divide it by the runner’s weight to determine the final results.
Most of us (fat or not) have little to no chance of winning an organized race. “Pound for Pound” timing evens the playing field. Now, who’s with me? It’s time for fat guys to take over the racing world!
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Attitude and Effort Award
This section is dedicated to acknowledging someone or something that has displayed incredible attitude and effort. If you have ever worked with me, you likely are dumbfounded by how long it took me to use these words on this blog. Attitude and Effort is a motivating concept focused on controlling the controllable aspects of a person’s life. People have the opportunity to learn and improve at any skill, but attitude and effort are two intangibles that must come from the heart and mind of each individual to be successful.
Ok, I think I railed on skinny people enough. Time for a little recognition.
You may have heard about the Nike Breaking2 Project. Kenyan distance hero Eliud Kipchoge and two other runners were challenged by Nike to break the two-hour marathon mark, an incredible feat of human performance. Using pacers, specific weather conditions, and a auto racing track, Eliud came up just 25 seconds short.
You can read more about this incredible performance here.