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Runner's World contributor and former RW Marathon Virgin Ted Spiker has always been a big guy, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to pull his truck of a body into traffic with all the sports-car speedsters of the running world. For "The Big Guy Blog," he'll write about what it's like being a size-XL runner in a size-M world. He'll write about running, about weight loss, about cool workouts that will help his running, about his weakness for [insert just about any food]. Spiker, a journalism professor at the University of Florida who specializes in health and fitness writing, is also a contributing editor to Men's Health magazine (and once ate 76 ounces of steak for an assignment there). Click here to go to his blog. In 2013, Spiker  announced that he is running the Florida Ironman in November (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). See his video announcement below:

Here are some sample entries:

Ironman Race Report: Cutting It Close, November 11, 2013

Versus the Cookies, November 26, 2012

Can He Hit It? November 12, 2012

Wave Runner, June 25, 2012

The Mudder Report, December 7, 2011

Open Letter to the Master, September 26, 2011

Time to Ditch the Diet Drinks, July 15, 2011

In Good Company, May 26, 2011

Before he wrote the Big Guy Blog, Spiker was the Marathon Virgin blogger for Runners’ World (detailing his up-and-down experience training for his first marathon). Those entries are no longer available on the Runner’s World archives, but plans are in the works for bringing them back.

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