Motivated by a friend’s upcoming nuptials and the dread of being immortalized at his current size in wedding pictures, Julian wanted to change his lifestyle. He began by removing bad carbs from his diet and slowly incorporating workout routines into his day. Eventually, he started to run. Julian joined the WRU Crew, short for We Run Uptown. The WRU Crew, which meets at 8 pm every Monday night, is a growing group of runners seeking a lifestyle change who push each other to stay committed. 70 lbs later, Julian prepares for his very first marathon, the 2014 NYC Marathon. To qualify for the marathon, Julian has raised money for Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the support and advocacy of autistic children and adults. Follow @lacocanostra.