300 Pounds and 10 Years Later: NYC

August 15, 2012 at 10:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

In October 2000, Rick Salewske, of Dallas, TX, weighed 538 pounds and had a 66-inch waist. The steering wheel of his car rubbed holes into several pairs of trousers. He couldn’t sit in ordinary chairs, squeeze into stadium seats, or take an airplane trip.

By November 2002, he had shed 300 pounds. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of keeping them off, and to mark his 50th birthday this year, Salewske is preparing to run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon and on November 4.

Debbie Fetterman, a running columnist for the Dallas Morning News, is chronicling Salewske’s training in a monthly series. In the latest installment, he tells her that training has been harder than he ever imagined, and that he is having trouble getting in his weekly long run.

“There is no way I’m giving up,” he said, “but I’m struggling.”

Read the latest installment here.

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