March Member Spotlight 2015

Our featured member this month shares his story about how he weighed 250lbs and through running was able to drop his weight, get healthier and become one of our best runners. Most of you would never know the lean guy with the addictive midwestern personality, used running to change his life. Thank you Nathan for being gracious enough to share your story and hopefully this will inspire others to do the same.

My running came purely from a desire to lose weight for a long time.  When I started I was over 250 pounds and I was miserable about it.  One day when I had just gotten homeNathan Muleski from work I was feeling very down on myself because of my weight and diet. I saw a man who was even larger than I was running on the bike path that went by my house.  He was struggling through every step, but he had determination in his eyes.  I could tell he was set on changing his life and I thought to myself “I can do that!”  I got back in my car and went to a shoe store and bought a pair of shoes and went for my first run that night.  When I got home I was covered in sweat but I felt amazing!  It was the feeling of finally taking control.  I continued running every single day for the next few months.  Seeing some changes motivated me to change my diet as well, which led to even more weight lose.  After three months I had lost 20 pounds and was feeling great about myself.  Running then became more than just a way to lose weigh, it became lifestyle.  I signed up for my first 5k at the end of the Summer and when I crossed that finish line I knew I was going to be a runner for life.  My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!

When did you begin running and why?
  • I started running in the Spring of 2011 years ago to lose weight.  My first run/jog/walk was 2 miles and I couldn’t run more than a quarter mile without walking and I was dying at the end of it.  It took me that entire Summer to be able to run a 5k.

Greatest Running Accomplishment and future goals?

  • I won a local 5K last summer.  It was un-timed and there was only about 30 people in the race but it was such a great feeling!  My ultimate long term goal is to run the Hardrock 100, a hundred mile ultramarathon in Colorado known as being one of the toughest races in the World.
Favorite Place in Louisville to go for a Run/Walk
  • Toss up between Siltstone Trail in JMF and Cherokee Park and the surrounding area (that hill on Alta Vista is a real killer!)

How did you find out about DCRR and when did you join?

  • I found the club through Meetup.com when I first moved to Louisville in September.  I’m generally a shy guy so it took me a few weeks to work up the nerve to go but I was hooked after my first run!

What are you training for right now?

  • My first marathon!  I’m running the Derby Marathon next month.

What race day traditions do you have?

  • Honestly I don’t have any!  I try to get plenty of sleep and wake up at least 3 hours before the race starts so I can consume as much coffee as physically possible and take care of business (if ya know what I mean).

Favorite shoe and/or gear to run with?

  • There is no better feeling than putting on a brand new pair of merino wool running socks.  I call it New Sock Day and I usually celebrate with hill repeats.  I’m petitioning for it to be a national holiday.
 
Any running tips for beginning/experienced runners?
  • Just get out and do it!   I didn’t learn anything about form, stretching, speed work, pronation, heel to toe drop, etc until I had been running for over a year.  Just like anything worth doing, starting out is the hardest part.  You won’t be very fast or have much endurance and you’ll get discouraged sometimes, but just keep lacing those shoes up and pounding the pavement!  For me it helped to keep a running log.  It was great motivation (nothing worse then a red X through a planned run) and it allowed me to track my progress which kept me going even when I felt like I wasn’t improving.