And a little bit more about what motivates Caleb to run The Hillary Trail 16km
Without generalising too much, women seem to worry more about weight than men. I have never met a bloke who starts his day with a bowl full of Special K, before trying to squeeze into a pair of jeans two sizes too small in front of a full length mirror. Damn jeans…must’ve shrunk in the wash! But weight is something we worry about…but being typical blokes we just never mention it! I do want to be a healthy weight…and during the next six weeks I’m determined to lose some belly fat. Going off my height and other details I should be around 66kg…I am currently 75kg…most of that is in my belly and my butt. Ironically the only time I’ve been at my “optimum” weight was when I was at my unhealthiest. Up until about 8 years ago I smoked at least a packet of smokes a day, did no exercise and drank Coke by the bucketful. But I still weighed 66kg. When I quit smoking I needed something else to replace the ciggies…that was food. Every time I wanted a smoke I’d eat something instead…within a month I’d ballooned from 66kg to 99kg. I was no longer smoking but weight wise I was still an unhealthy person. That was when I started running…and those first few months were embarrassing. I had big man boobs that I could actually feel slapping against me when I ran. I was also too ashamed to show off my fat so I used to run in long pants and long sleeves…even through summer. I must have looked like a criminal running away from a burglary.
Fast forward a few years and I’m pretty healthy…my weight for the last few years has been between 69kg and 72kg, but I eat way too many sandwiches and drink far too many energy drinks. So it seems obvious what I need to do…keep training hard and ditch the white bread and energy drinks. I want to get from 75kg down to 69kg by the Hillary race on March 14. I’ll be continuing to hit the trails all over the Coromandel area, so if you’re out and about running and see piles of blubber on the ground…don’t worry, that’s just me running my ass off.