Fat Runner

True Story: I’m struggling to find the energy the come home and run after working a 10 hour day. I’m sticking to my long runs on the weekends and walking the dog throughout the week, but honestly, I’m not doing the short run during the week. I’ve got a 4 mile run on Tuesdays that I’m suppose to do, but I’m typically still pretty sore from my long run on Sunday. So I just walk the dog instead. Wednesdays I’m suppose to weight train, so I do a few squats. Then on Thursday’s I do hill sprints or some HIIT work. I’ve done shorter versions of my Thursday training day…because fat people aren’t meant to do hill sprints. And after I’ve done 15 minutes of hill sprints I’m puking in my mouth.

I’ve come to realize that half marathon training plans are not designed for the fat runner. I’ve also come to realize that no fat runner should probably try to train for a half marathon in 10 weeks. Alas, here I am…

One of the things that makes running bearable for me is music. I love my playlist and it’s often changing. When I’m bored with it I’ll switch to Pandora. What I’m realizing with my playlist though is that it’s not long enough for a half marathon. Let’s be honest, I need about 3.5 hours of music on my playlist if I expect it to carry me the whole way. I’m currently at about an hour.




Like I said, I do well over the weekend. I broke in a new pair of running shoes. I went for an 8 mile run as part of my training on Sunday. I’ve never run 8 miles before. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about actually doing 8 miles, but I did it. I may have come home and collapsed on the floor into a puddle of sweat and jello, but I did it. Despite the fact that at about 3 miles into my run my headphones informed me they were done with the run, I needed to recharge them and they were powering off. 5 miles of silence. 5 miles of just my own damn thoughts. That’s a lot of damn thinking time when you are a fat runner.


5 thoughts on “Fat Runner

  1. I need to get my butt in gear for an undetermined spring race – I’m blaming icy sidewalks, but you are motivating me

    Halestorm. Sassy Miranda Lambert. Matchbox Twenty. Theory of a Deadman. Kelly Clarkson. Katy Perry.

  2. I love Britney’s Work B**ch when I’m out running, I find it really motivating! Also 8miles is fantastic well done! The longest I’d ran before my first half was 10k which is just over 6miles!

  3. Hall of Fame by Will.i.am and The Script ; Game of Thrones cover by Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens; Best Day of My Life by American Authors; Centuries by Fall Out Boy; Eye of the Tiger by Survivor ; Dream On by Aerosmith; It’s My Life by Bon Jovi; My songs know what you did by Fall Out Boy

    Those are a few that I have on my list.

  4. I’d skip the hill repeats, you don’t need to do them every week even when training for hilly race and fast times. It’s strange your plan has you doing them every week. Better off just picking routes for your runs that are not completely flat and building strength that way. Then Thursdays insert some fartleks into your run. Theyre fun! And you can just listen to your body, run fast for a minute , or only 20s and take as long as you need to recover. Switch it up sometimes and try for a tempo some weeks once you’re feeling more confident in your ability. But don’t stress about it too much, focus more on just getting your runs and mileage in so you’ll be able to run the distance.

  5. Yeah, I’ve started playing with the training schedule a little to make it more enjoyable for me. As I was reading your comment, I had one of those, “Omg…duh.” moments. lol
    Thank you!

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