30 pounds

Losing weight was never my goal when I started running.

I aspired to logging a few hundred miles and getting myself in shape enough to finish a marathon. However, I’ve learned that no matter how “skinny” you are, losing weight is simply a byproduct of running.

Before I got back into running again, in January 2013, I was a slender 198 pounds My height is considered above average at 6’ 3”. Therefore, given my height-to-weight-ratio, most would have considered me to be of a thin build. You would’ve never guessed I even had 30 pounds to lose.

Almost 11 months, 900 miles and 2 marathon finishes later, and I now weigh-in at 168 pounds—lighter than I’ve been since my senior year of high school.

I’m reminded of my first couple weeks after getting back into running, when my butt would jiggle with every step I took. Needless to say, I’m long past those days.

I’d like to stay in the 170-pound range, but I guess we’ll see what happens. Weight training and eating plenty of protein should help me retain muscle mass and maintain a healthy weight.

The essence of the story is this: if I, someone who wasn’t “heavy” to begin with, can lose 30 pounds by running, how much could someone who considers themselves to be overweight lose?

Running is truly difficult. There is nothing easy about it. But the rewards are plentiful, and in my opinion it’s the fastest way to shed pounds, along with a healthy diet.