A Remarkable American Athlete: Dean Karnazes

I would like to give Dean Karnzaes a high-five. Of all the professional athletes in American sports, I am most inspired by Dean Karnazes. This amazing runner is currently motivating Americans to lead a healthier lifestyle by literally running around America.

Known as the Ultramarathon Man, Karnazes once ran 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states.

Currently, Dean is on a journey called Run Across America. He plans to run over 3,000 miles in just 75 days. The run is taking Dean through many states including Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Live with Regis and Kelly is providing coverage of Dean’s journey. With a donation, anyone can join him as part of the Run With Dean 5k .

During an interview with The Health & Fitness Network, Dean was asked how he has managed to achieve so many of his goals. His answer, “Hard work, no excuses”. This quote motivated me to change my lifestyle. In September of 2009, after a lifetime of battling obesity and unhealthy habits, I decided to get serious about fitness. At the time, I was 24 years old and approximately 260 pounds. I had been a yo-yo dieter for years, constantly gaining and losing weight. After researching countless “miracle cures”, cleanses, and expensive diet and training programs, I decided to go rogue. I opted for the basics of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. I joined the local YMCA in lieu of an expensive trainer or program. After reading about Dean Karnazes and the benefits of running, I tried the treadmill. It took me 16 minutes to run/jog a mile. I began to count calories and keep a food/exercise journal. Fat Secret made it convenient and easy. The pounds started to melt off and I was encouraged. Aside from the hard work, there were sacrifices. I had to say goodbye to large portions and some of my favorite goodies. I developed new habits, found healthy foods to love, and never looked back. In all, I’ve lost 102 pounds. I went from a size 20W to a size 8. I am currently able to run 7 miles without stopping. I am proud to say I now run a mile in 8 minutes, half the time it used to take. Although I’m far from running 50 marathons in 50 days, Dean Karnazes helped inspire me to change my life and I’d love to meet him.

Dean Karnazes is expected to complete Run Across America mid-May. He will finish the race in New York City on Live withRegis and Kelly. Dean’s run benefits Action for Healthy Kids , an organization helping obese and malnourished children throughout the United States. In addition to his success as a runner, Dean Karnazes authored a best-selling book, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and is a successful businessman.