I used to weigh 338lbs.
March 22,2010 I had gastric bypass surgery and saved my life.
I have lost 187lbs. (Go ahead, do the math, I don't mind)
This is what I did February 13,2011. (Not even a year later)
Pre-race jitters included pacing, stretching, and lots of butterflies.
The sea of runners.
I ran the first 5.4 miles. I felt good, like running was something I like to do. When I came to the relay tag area I was so excited to see my "Hot Mama" team mate who was there to take over the next 3.2 miles.
I spent most of her run standing in line at the port-a-potty. I should have spent more time stretching and walking. I needed to keep my muscles warm and I didn't. Rookie move.
Katrina coming back in to the relay tag area.
Team Hot Mamas off for the final 4.5 miles together.
Coming in for the big finish with a time of 2:21:29
Not going to lie- I cried at the end of the race. I wanted to quit so bad the last few miles. I prayed hard for strength. I got it in the form of a friend running by my side, never giving up, supporting and encouraging my every stride.
Nothing more rewarding than seeing the sweet faces of our little girls so happy and proud of their Mamas.
My biggest supporter. He is the reason I run.
Katrina stretching her brains out after the race. I did not stretch enough, another Rookie move. I was so sore, could barely move and so I sat and complained about how old I felt.
This was an incredible experience. Hard and rewarding all at the same time. Thank you to all my friends and family who have supported me in my new quest for a healthier life. I could not do this without every single one of you.
Katrina- Thanks for inviting me out to your walking group a year ago, look at where it lead us too. We are amazing! Thanks for pushing me and encouraging me to believe in myself. You ARE a Hot Mama and you are so hardcore.
Kellie- I am so sad you could not make it this time. Thank you for all your love and support. Thank you for helping me finish this race. I wanted to be able to tell you that I didn't give up. I didn't give up. We will run together someday. :)
Elliott- Thank you for loving me no matter what I act like, or do, or say. Thank you for loving me no matter what I look like or how much I weigh. You are my best friend. I run for you. You deserve a happy healthy wife and I am doing my best to give you just that.
Ella- Someday I want you to know and understand the importance of good health and exercise is the key. I love you and I want you to live a happy healthy life.