Welcome to RunBuzz!
RRCA & USA Track and Field
Certified Running Coach
Hi, Steve here. Thanks for visiting RunBuzz. We are a growing community of runners and fitness enthusiasts looking to become better runners. I look forward to getting to know you so, please, take a minute, look around, get to know me and when ready, introduce yourself.
Here is a quick background on how I went from having metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease to running coach.
It’s worth it. It’s worth it! At least that is what I was telling myself as I put on running shoes for the first time in over twenty years. But I lacked confidence in my statement because I failed miserably when it came to sticking with any type of exercise or healthy nutrition habit in my past. I remember thinking why would this time be any different?
When it comes to creating positive lifestyle changes in our life, why does it seem that we have a natural tendency to resist the very things that are in our best interest? Why is it so hard to stick to our goals and create positive changes in our lives despite desperately wanting to change? After all, most of us know exactly what we need to do to get healthier and do the right things, we just fail to do it consistently.
Back to 2007 …
A few hours before my run, I was sitting in my doctor’s office. He was reviewing lab results from several blood tests he had ordered. Leading up to my visits, I had been experiencing months of deep fatigue that would not go away with normal rest and sleep. I was stressed, irritable and struggled to concentrate most of the time. I had also accumulated about 20-30 pounds of belly fat. Simple activities like walking upstairs or tying my shoes made me breathless as my belly fat cuts off my airway when I bent over. I remember thinking how pathetic I was that I struggled doing simple things like tying my shoes. I finally had had enough and decided to do something about it.
Growing up I had been very active in sports. I played football and even joined the Army National Guard for 8 years. I had always been in great shape but like many of you, raising a family and putting my work and career first soon had my health taking a back seat to my responsibilities. But I finally reached a point where I could not take care of others because I was not taking care of myself.
As I listened to my doctor reveal my results, test after test came back outside the normal expected ranges. My good cholesterol (HDL) was too low, my bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides were too high and both my sugar and liver enzyme tests came back elevated.
The good news is that I did not have anything serious like Leukemia or Cancer. The bad news was that I was suffering from two decades of inactivity and poor eating which led to metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that leads to heart disease, diabetes or stroke.
Additional tests would also determine that I had early stages of non-alcoholic, fatty liver disease. This is a silent condition that rarely has any symptoms but can ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver and eventually liver failure if ignored. I even was diagnosed later with sleep apnea which was also a major contributor to my fatigue.
As my doctor reviewed the results of my initial findings, he described how I got here. Technically, I knew how I got in this situation, but I hadn’t really accepted it and needed to hear it. He told me that what I was experiencing now was a result of how I lived in my 20’s and 30’s, and what I would experience in my 50’s and 60’s (and beyond) would be a result of how I chose to live in 40’s.
So that day, I would head out for a run which not only reversed most of my medical conditions, it would lead to me running my first race and eventually several half and full marathons. I started a local running club, became a USATF (USA Track and Field) and RRCA (Road Runner’s Club of America) certified running coach, founder of Run Buzz and it’s online running community, the RunBuzz podcast, a leading podcast for the running, and founder of PaceBuilders, my training/coaching system for runners of all experience levels. All this from a single step.
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