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Welcome to the Slow AF Run Club

Slow AF Run Club is the best running community for slow runners of any and every size.  We are passionate about helping people be the best runners they can be despite what society says the ‘ideal runner’ looks like.

Slow AF Run Club focuses on running and self-improvement rather than weight loss because, believe it or not, there is more to being a fit, healthy runner than just physical weight.

Besides our own journeys for better health and better self, our overarching goal for this community is to INSPIRE & CHALLENGE you to expand your comfort zone, to MOTIVATE you during your times of need, and to help you to CHANGE YOUR THINKING about becoming a runner and put the focus where it belongs – you ARE a runner, now just do it

Some of the topics that we cover in the community will include, but not limited to running, CrossFit, running gear, getting healthy, recipes, positive thinking, overcoming barriers, self-love, forgiveness, chasing values, crushing goals, and the occasional rambling and rant…==

How Slow AF Run Club Started

In July 2012, I weighed approximately 360-370 lbs (I don’t know the exact weight because all the scales I encountered stop working at 350 lbs.). One day I walked into work and felt a sharp pain in my hip (the pain literally brought tears to my eyes). I went to my primary care doctor and he recommended that I go to physical therapy. After 20 or so weeks of therapy the pain was still there. 

So I went to an orthopedic specialist and he said to me, “I know why you’re in pain.” I asked why and he said, “Mr. Evans, it’s because you’re fat and you need to start walking and losing weight.” Feeling angry and embarrassed that the doctor called me “Fat”, I responded, “Screw walking, I’ll run a marathon.” I left the doctor’s office, bought some running shoe and created this community.  The initial goal of this community was to bring other slow runners together to support, encourage and challenge each other to reach our running goals no matter our pace or weight. Since inception of this community, I have lost over 80 lbs and ran my first marathon in my hometown of Detroit, MI.

Slow AF Run Club Creed

At the Slow AF Run Club, we value consistency, courage, determination, dedication, positivity, and perseverance. We understand that if we want to be better than who we are now, we must do the work.

We don’t do diets! Diets are temporary, they do not breed long-term success.

We respect the process! If we don’t respect the process it will disrespect us. 

We don’t use excuses! Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere, those use them become monuments of nothingness and seldom do or become anything and I know you’re better than that.

We aim for progress, not perfection! Perfection is for magazines and Disney movies, where everyone is computer altered and live happily ever after. Instead, we strive to go further than we did yesterday, knowing that consistency is the only way to crush our goals!

We love ourselves unconditionally! We leave the hating to the haters because they are our biggest motivators.

We are honest with ourselves! Loving ourselves means being truthful and honest to ourselves no matter what.

We forgive ourselves and others! When we are honest to ourselves, we find that sometimes the truth hurts and we must forgive ourselves and others for the wrongdoings done upon us. Forgiveness is the rebirth of hope, the reorganization of thought, and the reconstruction of dreams. It is truly the only way to move on to greatness within you.

Lastly, we Chase Values and Crush Goals…We let our values about life and fitness be the driving force and compass to our journey and we crush goals along the way to reaching our values.