Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Success Story: David Rendall

If you don't follow Dave Rednall's Blog you should! Dave is the creator of The Freak Factory, an author, speaker, and entrepreneur with degrees in management and psychology! Plus he is motivating and inspiring with great insight on leadership and success. 

Better  yet, he has a success story to share! He jump started his fitness and health after an injury set him back! Here is his story for you...

I was 30 years old and 40 pounds overweight. I hadn't exercised since breaking my leg eight years earlier. I'd been an athlete for my whole life, playing three sports in high school and playing college basketball. But that was a long time ago. Now I'd get tired going up the stairs and hurt my back lifting a suitcase. I had no muscle and a big spare tire. I looked like I was six months pregnant.

I tried to eat right and exercise more. But the best I could manage was a few days of starvation and a couple weeks of light walking. I never saw any results and couldn't stay motivated.

Then my older brother ran a marathon. That was exactly what I needed, a big goal to inspire me to action. It wasn't about eating less and losing weight. It was about accomplishing something huge. I'm an achiever, but I hadn't directed that strength toward exercise as an adult.

So in August of 2004 I signed up for the Myrtle Beach Marathon in February 2005. I bought some running shoes and went for my first run. It wasn't much of a run. I ran until I couldn't keep going and then I walked until I could run again. I did a three mile route in about 40 minutes.

I was worried that running would hurt my back so I also started doing push-ups and sit-ups to strengthen my muscles. I started eating six small meals each day, with more protein and less carbohydrates. The pounds started melting away as the miles increased.

I did a 5k run in the fall and a half-marathon in December. It was helpful to have shorter races scheduled along the way to keep me motivated and measure my progress. I completed the marathon in just under 4:30. Then it was time for a new challenge. I signed up for a sprint triathlon in the summer and added swimming and biking to my workouts. That race sent well and I took on an Olympic distance triathlon later that year. I ran the Myrtle Beach Marathon five years in a row, completed numerous other marathons and half-marathons and ultimately finished two 50k ultra-marathons and a 40-mile trail race.

Here's one of Dave about to do some abseiling (rappelling) in Brisbane, Australia.

There's been some ups and downs, especially with my weight, and I've realized that I need to always have an interesting challenge ahead of me. I'm currently training for a Half-Ironman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in May. I'm tracking my eating using the Lose It app on my iPod, strengthening my core, swimming, biking and running. With only a few months to prepare, I feel the urgency and this helps to keep me motivated. We'll see what happens . . 

Thanks Dave! Check back tomorrow for a great GIVEAWAY from Dave to motivate and inspire even more! Have a great day, make it memorable! 

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