“JUST START” readers are told by the title of an article in DRAFT magazine. The piece begins with the story of one runner, so embarrassed by his large size, 380 pounds, to attempt running during the daylight hours that he woke at 3am to get on the road.
We learn how he pumped up to finally start. And that he lost a large amount of weight over time. And that he did it without giving up beer, daily. Beer is an essential part of his life as a brewer and as a runner, it's explained. So much so that Jake, (formerly "Big Jake" the article ays) started and ended a 50 mile ultra-marathon at breweries, where he finds a community of support.
The article is about getting started, but it is also a reminder that everything about endurance sports doesn’t need to be painful and serious. To persevere in accomplishing a tough goal we can seek encouragement and support from that which we love.
Some might involve spouses and children to extend time with family. Others may be motivated by love of outdoor beauty to arrange runs, walks, or cycling efforts in spectacular natural settings. Wanderlust can be satisfied by participating in faraway destination events. Style and fashion followers can find excitement in choice of fitness attire and gear.
But let’s get back to beer and running. In all situations involving drinking alcohol, moderation is rightly advised. And so it should be with beer drinking and fitness activities like running, walking, cycling. Jake appears to have successfully managed weight loss while pursuing a career passion.
There's a post coming Monday on the "mindful drinking" movement.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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