February 15, 2011

Palm Springs Half Marathon Relay

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.


David & Kary said...

i am crying. thanks for being you and being an inspiration. crying happy tears for you and all you have become! I am proud of you. love ya

Kirstie said...

Damn you for making me cry at work! :) You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all. Congrats to you on a great race!

Tracy O'Brien said...

So proud of you Angie!! I cried at the end of my first marathon too. Its an awesome accomplishment and we are all cheering for you!

Smokey Joe said...

So very proud of you!
Boston Marathon 1974

Kellie said...

get on with your bad self!!! I love it! I love you and I can't believe the stupid flu ruined our plans!! Oh well, the Hershey Marathon serves lot's of chocolate so we will have to do that one! I'm so proud of you! I love the tu tu's and you are an inspiration to everyone LUB LUB LUB

The Bonjour Four said...

Hi Angie!

You were the winner of good gravy giveaway! :) I sent you an email.. Did you get it?

Hollie said...

I love the shirts & tu tu's, so cute. You girls ran in style!

What an amazing year you've had.
I've known a few people who have also had the surgery but don't really change their lifestyle. You are the PERFECT example of someone who decided to change something in their life and followed through with it whole heartedly. You are quite a woman!

I'm so proud of you and happy for you. You are such a great example and inspiration to me.

I've never had the desire to run any sort of marathon (or run at all for that matter) but you're getting me kind of excited about it. Who knows? Maybe someday. =)