My journey in short - I'm a marathoner!
Monday, November 07, 2011
I will be making a blog entry with the whole story, but in short yesterday I became a marathoner. If you are interested the race recap is here including the mile-by-mile recount of what really goes through your head during a marathon: breathlessrunner.wordpre
On May 26, 2006 I weighed in at 251 pounds. I hated running. I could not run to the end of my block without getting winded. I cut corners in gym class. Would have severe asthma attacks after two laps. I resolved on that day that I would never again be over 250 pounds. It was my threshold and wake up call. 250 was a huge number to me. I weighed more than any person I knew, including my father. I resolved to get in shape. 2007 I resolved to do a 5K. I also made a 5 year goal plan. I wanted to be healthy, happy, and proud of myself. I hated the way I looked and my self esteem made me ripe pickings for bullies and people trying to take advantage of me.
I didn't start running until I was 220 pounds, and then not seriously until last year. Even then people thought I was nuts. My knees ached and I got winded so easily. I was repeatedly told to give up because asthmatics couldn't and shouldn't run. My parents told me not to because my knees were always killing me. It was hard. The support for my running was never there. In January when I started training I had 3 asthma attacks in my first training run. 8 miles of lung-burning in the freezing cold. I blew my first marathon by hurting my knee seriously the month before. Discouraged and angry I didn't think I would ever make it to a full. I would have to do another 4-5 months of hard training and only hope to finish again. I signed up for training anyway.....
Yesterday I ran a marathon. After a total of 10 months of training I did the whole thing. I finished. This past week I weighed in at 159. With almost 100 pounds lost and a marathon under my belt I am a whole new person.
Please please please don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Know your limitations, but do not be crippled by them. I beg you all to realize your worth and find the strength and beauty in yourself. Family, friends, coworkers are all great, but you know yourself the best. Take the chances and do something for yourself. You owe it to yourself to take challenges and make your life something you are proud of.
You are all amazing and should realize it.
Lots of Love!