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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!
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  • no profile photo CD5826541
    Hey sister, I am so sorry I missed your blog. Congrats on your marathon! now you KNOW that nothing is impossible.
    3491 days ago
    I am finally getting back into working out after falling back into bad habits for something like a year, and now I have this itch to try running. Your blog doesn't help that itch. Thank you for reminding me the only person holding me back is me.
    3508 days ago
  • DAWNIE426
    emoticon Very inspiring! Congratulations!
    3551 days ago
    Great job! Thanks for sharing!!
    3552 days ago
  • MY4DOGS2580
    Congrats on your marathon. I also finished my first marathon on Sunday. Keep challenging yourself.
    3552 days ago
    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)
    3552 days ago
    Congratulationd Marathoner!! You show great perserverance and dedication to drop the weight, complete your training and meet your goal. I completed my marathon on my third try, after stress fractures at the top, rear of the calcaneus bone of each foot.

    SO glad you found a happier, healthier lifestyle. emoticon
    3552 days ago
    I think I tell you this all the time, but you are a constant inspiration for me. Congrats!
    3552 days ago
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