Jay Wells | =PR= DC
A lot of people grow up running but I fell in love with it six years ago. After years of battling obesity, an annual physical just after my 30th birthday gave me the ultimate wake-up call. I weighed 365 pounds and based on my recent blood results my doctor recommended that I begin taking diabetes medication or make drastic lifestyle changes. Suffice it to say, I made some drastic lifestyle changes.
I immediately met with a nutritionist who helped me establish a plant-based, vegan diet, which gave me a solid foundation to build on. One of my best friends happens to be a personal trainer who designed me a strength and conditioning plan but after a few months I still wasn’t seeing the desired results. Then one morning I decided to walk over to the W&OD trail and after 23 minutes and 36 seconds I walked my first mile.
From that day forward I was hooked. Walking slowly became jogging, and jogging became running. Over the course of the past six years, I’ve lost over 180 pounds and I am diabetes free. Running combined with a healthy diet and a solid strength training regimen has literally saved my life.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
What’s some advice you have for new runners/walkers?
Just start going and get out of your head.
Do you have any advice for people looking to make a lifestyle change?
Don’t overthink it and just get going.
How do you stick with it? Stay on track?
Discipline… surround yourself with people that are open to a healthier lifestyle.
What is one simple change you made that has been helpful?
Meal prep! Eat before you go out and take food with you.
T H I S O R T H A T
DISTANCE . . . short or LONG
I prefer half-marathons, 13.1 is the perfect distance.
POST RACE SNACK . . . BANANA or bagel
Bananas all day! On average I eat about 4 per day – gotta have that potassium.
RUNNING COMPANY . . . ALONE or with a team/squad
I prefer running alone, it’s my way of relaxing. Running is cheaper than therapy 🙂
TIME OF DAY . . . RISE AND GRIND (MORNING) or night owl (evening)
Rise and grind!!!! A morning run sets the tone for an awesome and productive day.
LOCATION . . . ROAD RUNNER or TRAIL CRUSHER
I’m definitely a road runner during the week but on weekends I hit the trails for long, relaxing runs.
F I L L I N T H E B L A N K
Favorite D.C. spot to run: _____
Favorite =PR= moment: _____
Wilson’s reaction to meeting Chris McDougall, the author of Born to Run.
Running is: _____
My last run was: _____
A 5k this morning.
Working for PR is: _____
Entertaining! The DC store has a great crew and between the tourists and regular customers, every day is a surprise.
Favorite thing about running is: _____
The adrenaline rush before a race.
What makes a shoe my go to is: _____
Weight and bounce, I love a lightweight shoe that has a bit of bounce to it. I want to feel fast even if it’s only in my head. 🙂
If I’m not running I’m: _____