Meet Joshua Snow Hansen. Or about half of Joshua Hansen. Because if you had met Josh just a few years ago, he would have been 180 lbs heavier than he is today. In an inspiring battle with weight loss, Josh has become an impressive marathon runner who always looks outside himself, using his running to benefit others.
At just over 400 lbs, Joshua knew that he had a problem with food that was affecting his health and contributing to his depression. On his website, Joshua recounts how his relationship with food was holding him back, keeping him in a “comfort zone.” Finally reaching the breaking point; he decided to change. First his diet. Then some exercise.
And eventually marathons.
It’s not like marathons are a natural progression from dieting and exercise. They are an ambition above average gym attendance. Training for one marathon or half is a daunting goal for a guy who admits he was never athletic. Yet Josh has now run a total of 57 races of at least half mara