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Training For A Marathon In A Year As A Fat Guy

First of all, I wanted to say what a good job you guys are doing with this site. SBNation definitely needed a blog like this. I've been reading it since it started and was particularly impressed with Jerkwheatery's posts "Fat Man Running". I wanted to join in on the madness and also get in shape/run a marathon.

It's definitely been awhile since I could fit into this space suit in my avatar. It's been at least since 2009. Ever since I graduated college in January of 2009, I've been steadily gaining weight. Some of it had to do with 4 shoulder dislocations and some of it had to do with eating at my space center's cafeteria where everything vegetable is covered in butter and salt. So after years of getting bigger, I figure it's time to get into fighting shape and run the Disney half marathon next January. I was hoping you guys could help me since it sounds like most of you are experts. It also helps that College Football season is over and I'm not sitting on the couch drinking Four Loko and eating delivery food.

Here is my plan (since I'm so overweight):

- Walk an hour a day after work (Till I can safely run) - Eat a salad for lunch if I eat at the cafeteria here (or bring my own)

- Cut out all alcohol except for very special occasions (I'm sure you've seen my drunken tweets)

- Cut out regular soda and limit diet soda.

- 8 hrs of sleep a day minimum

Any suggestions? Thanks for reading this and any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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