We love to feature people who used to hate to exercise but somehow figured out a way to hate it less, do it more, and sometimes even love it. Here's Nigel Schettig's story:

Nigel at the 2013 Penguin Run 5K.

Nigel at the 2013 Penguin Run 5K.

"My story starts two years ago. I was overweight, out-of-shape, and miserable. I had spent the last 25 years sitting on the couch, eating whatever I wanted, and it showed. Every year I was buying bigger pants. I decided to do something about it, but, well....I hate exercise, or so I thought.

Then I heard that a long time friend of mine had recently run several 5Ks. I never thought of him as athletic and I thought, if he could do it, why not me? So I bought a pair of running shoes, mapped out a course, and took off. I made it three blocks. But I persevered. Next day five blocks. After a week I made it a whole mile.

I kept a log at the time and I described those early runs as unbearable and torturous. But soon I described them as bearable and almost fun. I signed up for my first race and kept practicing.  After a month, and a week before my first 5K, I made it the whole 3.1 miles. I was ready to race.

The race was exciting and there was a lot of energy in the air. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I was able to finish and even managed to pass a couple of runners, which was exhilarating. I didn't finish last and had a good enough time that I wanted to run another. My friend invited me to run a race with him two weeks later. I ran it and won my age group! The hook was set.

It's two years later and I still run several days a week. I've completed numerous 5Ks, a 10K & two half-marathons. This spring I hope to complete my first full marathon. I've lost 35 pounds and 6 inches off my waist. In order to become a better runner I'm eating healthier and doing running exercises. I feel great, have a positive attitude, and have expanded my social circle with the people I've met at races. I went from h8ing exercise to it changing my life."  

-- Nigel Schettig, 51, North Tonawanda, New York

 

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Photo courtesy of Nigel Schettig