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Glenn Jones

California
As a youngster, I had always been pretty active. I was never really an athlete, even though I played basketball and tennis in high school. But, I was an avid outdoorsman (I know - how can a big city guy be an outdoorsman?). I enjoyed fishing, hiking, backpacking, and hunting. I spent many a day in... Full Bio
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Birthday: January 12
Height: 5’ 11”
Weight: 210 lbs.
 

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As a youngster, I had always been pretty active. I was never really an athlete, even though I played basketball and tennis in high school. But, I was an avid outdoorsman (I know - how can a big city guy be an outdoorsman?). I enjoyed fishing, hiking, backpacking, and hunting. I spent many a day in the Sierra Nevada everywhere from Mt. Whitney north to the Nevada border. I used to kid that I knew the back country better than I did some areas of L.A. Needless to day, weight was never a problem in those days. In fact the problem was the opposite - how could someone 5'11" and 130 pounds be a basketball player? Fast forward a few years. I fell into the trap that the comforts of life bring. I was "too busy" doing the things that were "important" to do the things necessary. I knew I was putting on the poundage because I had to keep buying new clothes. But, I wasn't really paying attention to the amount that I was packing on. I had turned into a rotund mound, huffing and puffing to climb a few stairs. Finally, I hopped up on a scale in January 2006. What the? Hey - the needle is supposed to stop! It's not supposed to move so quickly! Well - it finally did - when it hit the 260 mark! Wow. I caught my breath (because I *did* have to climb up on the scale) and decided that it was time to do something about all this nonsense I started running in July 2007. A few miles a week at first was all I could manage. But I kept at it. I ran my first 5K on October 2007, followed by a 10K in November. Then the first week in January 2008 I ran my first half marathon - the OC. I found that even though I struggled to finish the run, I enjoyed myself immensely. At that point I was hooked. Since then, I've made some big leaps in my training, cutting my PRs by minutes, and enjoying the fitness that comes from running the right way! So, that's the story behind The Running Fat Guy. Oh yeah - I'm still on the "large" size, coming in about 210 these days. I will be watching my diet a lot closer the coming months to try to shed some more weight by the end of the year. Maybe then I can think about renaming my blog....