Monday, August 30, 2010

Who are you?

My name is Jason. just to let you guys know some things about me and get this rolling. I am 32 years old, father of 4 children, husband to a beautiful wife, a registered nurse, and lastly a graduate student. Like many people in the united States I was very active through my teenage years playing sports and being able to eat whatever I wanted. Well in my early 20's I started school full time and was working out less, and that is when the weight started packing on. As many people, I have tried many different diets and gimmicks. Adkins, Southbeach, Optifast, along with many other diets that have all ended in failure.

So here I sit trying to figure out what I want to do about my weight. Over the years I have always been into lifting weights and wanting to be as strong as possible. But I have always loved the outdoors and have been active. I hike, backpack, mountain bike, and I have rock climbed. But my goal here is to lose weight and to get into running ultramarathons. Til another time.

What is the Buffalo Shuffle?

Many of you may be asking " what is the buffalo shuffle?" Well it could be looked at as a derogatory term but I don't see it that way. The actual buffalo shuffle is the way that you see people jog who are out of shape and want it to look like they are running or are just bigger( fat or otherwise) and are attempting to run. Many runners see these people and know or think that they could walk faster than the pace these people are setting but speed is all relative. Their feet barely leave the ground and their arms are hardly swinging.

The Buffalo shuffle goes by other names as well. The fat man shuffle is the other commonly used name. And many runners who have ventured into races and have seen people at their personal limits may have seen good runners having to resort to the shuffle just to keep going.

What is the reason for naming my blog " The buffalo shuffle"? This is my current state of running. I am currently in a challenge with my self to lose weight and to graduate to becoming a runner. This is a blog that will catalogue my training, eating, and general adventures that are encountered throughout the journey. Since I am a bigger guy, I will be reviewing the equipment that I buy to give you an honest review of the stuff that I use. I hope you enjoy my journey and remember, just like the rest of you runners the shufflers are just trying to improve themselves.