Transformation Tuesday: Richard Green

I’m excited to have our first Transformation Tuesday from a male point of view!!  Richard found runDisney as a way to not only lose weight but as a way to fight his depression and enjoy a healthier, happier life!  A true inspiration in how to turn that frown upside-down 🙂

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Richard-Green-Transformation-BeforeIn August of 2011, I was poking around the internet when I stumbled across the runDisney site.  Registration was open for the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  I knew that in my present physical shape a half marathon was out of the question, but I saw that they had a 5k fun run. I’m a lawyer.  Before I plunked down $100 for a 5k, I read the fine print.  There was a pace requirement.  I had to hold a 16 minute mile pace or I’d be removed from the course.  I didn’t know how fast that was, but I didn’t think I could do that.  I did not want to fail, so I dismissed the thought of running the Neverland 5K.

About a week later I saw a Facebook post from a friend doing the Couch to 5K program.  I investigated it and discovered how I would run the Neverland 5k. I plunked down the $100 for the 5k bib because I knew if I didn’t register for the race, I’d flake on the training.

On September 1, 2011, I mounted the treadmill at my apartment complex and ‘ran’ day one of week one of C25k.  At the end of that 30 minutes, I stepped off that treadmill with a clarity of mine that I had not had in years.  The mental fog that I had been living in was gone.  The dysthymic depression that had pervaded my life was gone, and I saw myself in a whole new way.  After that first treadmill session, I realized that I was depressed and that I was treating the depression with food.

After realizing that running was an effective treatment for depression for me, I realized that if I were to keep running, I would need to lose weight.  I downloaded a calorie log called Lose It!  Running gave/gives me the mental acuity to log and restrict my caloric intake.  I also sought medical advice and treatment for depression.

I ran the Neverland 5k in January of 2012 and kept on running.  Along the way, I finished the Disneyland Half Marathon, The Double Dumbo Dare, and most recently the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.

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Through running, calorie logging, and medical treatment for depression, I lost 141 lbs. I now weight 225 lbs.  I am also significantly more self aware.  runDisney was my path out of darkness of mental illness and back to a healthy lifestyle.

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Richard is a Southern California native and a huge Disney fan.  He used to be huge in more ways than one.  Not only is his a Disneyland annual passholder, but he also tipped the scale at 366 pounds.  Through runDisney, Richard has lost the weight and found happiness all while completing numerous races along the way.

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Has running at Disney helped to transform your life?  If so, I want to hear your story!  Send me an email at sarah@runningatdisney.com to be featured on an upcoming Transformation Tuesday!

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