‘ THE WHOLE FAM­ILY RUNS TOGETHER’

STEVE WHITE, 39, Ne­wark, Notts Weight be­fore 22st 2lb Weight now 15st 2lb Weight lost 7 stone Kept it off for 3 years

Runner's World (UK) - - Middle Managers -

HOW I LOST IT ‘My weight was al­ways an is­sue but it got worse. I had high blood pres­sure and in 2014 I had to have an ECG for sus­pected heart fail­ure. It came back clear but I told my wife, Lisa, that I would change. I worked on my diet first and when I’d lost some weight I started run­ning. Soon Lisa joined me and we started en­ter­ing events together. It’s funny how peo­ple view you; Lisa was walk­ing our kids to school and another kid said to their mother, “Why is that lady walk­ing? She usu­ally runs ev­ery­where, she’s the ‘run­ning lady!”’

HOW I’VE KEPT IT OFF ‘ We still run a lot. There were a cou­ple of months last year when we had an event al­most ev­ery week. The kids are in­volved now, and our son Alex, 14, wants to run with us and do some of the big­ger events. Even our six-yearold, Melissa, ran the Kids’ Mile at the Don­ning­ton 10 Mile. I ran with her af­ter the main race and she pulled out a 10-minute mile, which nearly fin­ished me off! There’s healthy com­pet­i­tive­ness be­tween our kids and they all now play sports along­side run­ning – a cou­ple of years ago there was none of that. But now you can’t move in the house for train­ers.

Weight-wise I let things re­lax a lit­tle at the end of last year be­fore marathon train­ing kicked in again. We still main­tain our ap­proach to healthy eat­ing, although if we do a big run we’ll have a pizza af­ter­wards. It’s all about mod­er­a­tion and earn­ing it.

Most nights we run together, chat­ting. That’s re­placed watch­ing TV with a take­away. I’m not wor­ried that we’ll slip back to how we were – we en­joy the events, we en­joy the peo­ple we see and the cir­cles we mix in. It’s amaz­ing how life changes.’

‘The big thing is you’ve just got to get out and do it. Be­cause of the size we were and the stigma that car­ries, we ini­tially ran late at night or early in the morn­ing. You think every­one out there is a Mo Farah-type, but they’re not, they’re all shapes and sizes. And once the weight starts com­ing off there’s a buzz, it be­comes like an ad­dic­tion that feeds it­self and it starts tak­ing pri­or­ity over the take­aways. It pulls your diet into line be­cause you don’t want to go for a run with a belly full of chips. If we run past a chippy now the smell is just a com­plete turn-off.

The so­cial side of things is mas­sive for us, too. We’ve made friends with the or­gan­is­ers of the Jane Tom­lin­son events so now the fam­ily is known when we turn up. And since the last Run­ner’sworld piece peo­ple now come up and ask us for ad­vice.’

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