In 2011, I weighed 260 pounds … realizing I was only 28 and still young and still had a long life to live, I didn’t want live it being unhealthy. I wanted to try something new, something that I could challenge myself with. I had a few friends who were runners and told me that running a half marathon should be my goal and that anyone could do it if they trained for one. Initially I thought running 13.1 miles was crazy, but I had to start with baby steps first if I wanted to start running.
I signed up for a local 5k in 2/2012. I knew that if I had not signed up for one, I would just lay on the couch eating junk food and further prolonging my unhealthy lifestyle. After running my first 5k, I ran several other 5k’s and 10’s as well. Running with 260 pounds of weight working against gravity was not easy. But in a few months I’ve had lost a little over 15 pounds which was a good enough reason for me to continue and the feeling of crossing the finish line never got old.
June of 2012 – I decided that since I was turning the big 3-0 at the end of the year, I would sign up for my first half-marathon. The half-marathon took place in Las Vegas on December 2, 2012 — the day before I actually turned 30. This made it more special for me because I had wanted to do something before I enter into my 30’s.
I was able to finish the half marathon in Las Vegas — I crossed the finish line full of tears and overcame with disbelief because I had realized that I finished it. Months of training and over 60 pounds lost — I felt like a new person. I felt a sense of accomplishment. And to end off a perfect race — I celebrated the whole night on the strip and of course the following day I felt like a truck had rolled over me back and forth. But it was a good hurt … a hurt of accomplishment well deserved.
Shortly after my first half-marathon, I started to plan my race calendar for 2013. My goal was to run in 5 half-marathons, but it turned out I signed up for 10 half marathons – about one each month. To end off the awesome year I signed up for the Las Vegas full marathon that took place in November 16, 2013
Today I am 80 pounds happier and glad that I have found my passion in life — RUNNING! I hope my story inspires other beginning runners that assume running 13.1 miles is impossible. I am sure that there are people that are running The SF Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K for the first time. Whether it is your 1st or 10th time running in this event — know that every runner has their own story to share.
Year of No Maybes