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 🙂
In 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.
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.
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.
Has running at Disney helped to transform your life? If so, I want to hear your story! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on an upcoming Transformation Tuesday!