Running Shapes Up Caramel-Eating Man

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 16, 2012
From 230 pounds to marathons, Kevin Fowler isn't looking back. Photo: USA Today

Three years ago he weight 230 pounds.

From 230 pounds to marathons, Kevin Fowler isn't looking back. Photo: USA Today

In January of 2009, Kevin Fowler, who stands at five feet eleven inches, weighed 230 pounds. He now admits that he got that way by indulging in “anything caramel”. At the time, a buddy dared him to train for a 5K race.

He started by walking on a treadmill for an hour every day.

“When I got past walking fast and started to jog, there were parts of me that bounced too much,” Fowler admits. “I thought, ‘This hurts, I’ve got to do something about it.’ It wasn’t pretty. It was not a good look.”

So Fowler changed his eating habits. He watched his portion sizes and reducing his caramel indulgences.

By that summer his hard work had paid off. He was under 200 pounds and had successfully run his first 5K.

He’s now taking it up a notch, running two half marathons and two full marathons. And he’s weighing in at 195 pounds.

Besides exercise, there isn’t much science behind his weight loss. He doesn’t count calories and instead watches portion size.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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