“When they see me, this big guy running, I want them to know there’s a story behind this,” Martinus Evans said.
The story started last year.
Evans went to see a doctor about his sore foot, and the doctor’s remedy was a tough one to swallow.
“He said, you’re basically too fat, you need to go to the store and buy some running shoes and start walking,” Evans said.
He was not only shocked by the doctor’s blunt diagnosis, he was mad.
“I’m like, screw you man, I’ll just run a marathon and I’ll blog about it, that’s what I’ll do,” he said. And that’s exactly what he’s been doing.
Evans runs several times a week and writes about it on his blog called 300 pounds and running.
On his site he shares the good times and bad. He says his story is unique to other weight loss and fitness blogs.
“[Most of them are like] ‘Oh look at me, I’m so jacked, let’s show you how to get six pack abs in six weeks’, but you never hear about a 300 pound man trying to lose weight and run a marathon,” Evans said.
When Evans started working out he tipped the scales at about 340 pounds. He’s now down to 290. But it hasn’t been easy.
“When people think about running, they think about sprinters,” Evans said. “They think, I’m gonna run for a minute and I’m gonna run as fast as I can and then I’m going to walk. It’s like, no it doesn’t work that way, you run slow, you walk slow and you build on that.”
Evans has run several races including his first half marathon last month in Fairfield. It took him more than 3 hours to complete, but quitting wasn’t an option. “I told myself, I’m either going to pass out or I’m going to finish,” he said. “And I did it.”
When he’s not pounding the pavement Evans is hard at work studying for his Masters Degree in Heath promotion at UConn.
His research starts at home. He’s a weight loss blogger studying weight loss blogging.
And he plans on working on this project for the rest of his life.
“There’s definitely no going back, not after being 300 pounds and knowing how that feels,” Evans said. “It’s definitely something I don’t want to go back to.”