Getting Started Running Series (How Leo Babauta Went From 60-Pound Overweight Smoker to a Runner)

Mark Kennedy
Founder of None to Run
July 28, 2023

This is lesson three of my “Get Started Running” series. Head back to lesson 1 and 2 to catch up on what you’ve missed.

  • Lesson 1 - Choosing Running Shoes, Prepping Your Body and More
  • Lesson 2 - Strength Training, Running Form, Pain Management and More

In this lesson, I want to share a story of a runner that started from scratch. His name is Leo Babauta.

In 2005, Leo was a 60-pound overweight smoker when he first decided he was going to become a "runner". He always struggled to make exercise a habit. Within a year, Leo finally made running a habit and even progressed to run a marathon. In 2013, Leo ran a 50-mile ultramarathon (check out Leo's post - 16 Surprising Lessons from My First 50-Mile Ultramarathon)!

Running transformed his life.

Because of running he quit smoking, got healthier, fitter, slimmer and happier. Listen in to hear how Leo did it - what worked what didn't.

His blog, Zen Habits, is one of the most popular on the internet. Leo's writing focuses on helping people find simplicity in the daily chaos of their lives.

His writing has helped me in many ways so I encourage you to check it out.

In this podcast you will learn:

  • How Leo went from a 60-pound overweight smoker to running a 5K (and eventually a marathon).
  • The positive changes Leo noticed once running became a habit.
  • How Leo overcame shin splints.
  • Leo's keys to building a habit of running with the trigger habit sequence.
  • How you can build your own rule based habit system.
  • How running can positively impact your mind.

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