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ELSEEBEE Posts: 4,399
3/18/10 9:05 A

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! You have ginen me hope that I may become a runner yet. You are doing a wonderful job of turning your life around. Keep up the good work.

You are what you believe.
ACVTLL Posts: 6
3/18/10 9:04 A

Congrats on your milestone ! You're such an inspiration emoticon

ROSIE777 Posts: 12,173
3/18/10 9:04 A

emoticon emoticon such great news to hear of you reaching your goal. Keep up the great job you are doing.

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MISMISE Posts: 29
3/18/10 9:03 A

emoticon Great job! Definatly something to celebrate with!

3/18/10 9:03 A

That is awesome! What an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing it with us! I've always wanted to run but have a bad back. I have been thinking about doing a 30K walk for Cancer and your story has inspired me to do it! emoticon

SPOOKS100 Posts: 73
3/18/10 9:02 A

Congrats! I have been wanting to get into running but it really intimidates me. You have inspired me to give it another shot :)


"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." ~ Michelangelo
JODILC63 Posts: 33
3/18/10 9:02 A

Great Job! Be proud of yourself. You deserve that inner smile.

Keep going!

3/18/10 9:01 A

Congratulations. I am with you - I was scheduled to do a physical assessment and they said you will have to run a 12 minute mile on the treadmill. I didn't want to be mortified (at 245lbs I bounce a lot), so I cancelled the assessment, thinking I just couldn't do it. I do 14 minute miles on the elliptical, but that is easy, and in the back of the gym. I tried it on Friday when no one was around and I made it. I ran another 12 minute mile yesterday. Turns out the assessment only asks to see if you can run for 12 minutes. I CAN!

GREEKGAL1 Posts: 3,535
3/18/10 9:01 A

Great job! Keep up the good work. You should be very proud of yourself.

SHERLYNN60 Posts: 11
3/18/10 9:01 A

What an awesome story! Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

Edited by: SHERLYNN60 at: 3/18/2010 (09:04)
3/18/10 9:00 A

You're on the right road to success, keep up the good work.

LEEDDSD SparkPoints: (6,004)
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3/18/10 8:59 A

So awesome.....keep up the great work.

JESSICA20102 Posts: 2
3/18/10 8:58 A

Thank you for your message. I have been taking small steps in running. I do not concentrate on speed but on endurance. :)

HUTSONGL77 Posts: 32
3/18/10 8:58 A

Congrats on your accomplishment!

NEENEE_BEANZ Posts: 1,014
3/18/10 8:56 A

YES! You Go!!! It is awesome to be a runner! Congrats on your spectacular changes in your life. Today IS a Great Day!

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RCOBEY Posts: 99
3/18/10 8:55 A

Congratulations .... what an accomplishment with many more to follow I'm sure!

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KRISTYLYNN1976 Posts: 3
3/18/10 8:55 A

That is AWESOME! Good for you! I am actually doing my first 5k in 2 years this Saturday, I don't have the highest expectations but I've been doing some training at the gym so, who knows?! Your story has inspired me to stay motivated no matter what and keep pushing myself to maybe do better in the next 5k in May and then even better at the one I plan to do in June! THank you and keep up that great work!!!

3/18/10 8:55 A

that's great! My husband is a runner and I so wish that I could reach the point that I could run with him however right now it's run a few moments and walk a few. Maybe someday.

KELLY03954 Posts: 30
3/18/10 8:54 A

What an awesome post!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

People that succeed do on a regular basis what "normal" people do occasionally. You are worth the discipline and determination it takes to succeed!!! Be abnormal!!
TATTY66 Posts: 601
3/18/10 8:52 A

Well done You!

I keep meaning to but am scared I will fail, your words have given me the incentive to get off my bum and just do it.

Thanks for sharing


We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. - Whoopi Goldberg
MS_DOLLY Posts: 1,910
3/18/10 8:52 A

Congrats on your success! I hope to be in similar shoes come December.

Keep Sparking

Michelle ~ Eastern time zone
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"Just keep sparking! You CAN!"
3/18/10 8:51 A

WooHoo! I just started adding a little slow jogging to my 4 mile dog walk on Sunday. At first it was just 2 mailboxes per block. Now it's 200 steps per block (they are long blocks). My pace isn't noticeably faster than my walking pace (about 4mph), but I'm still kind of stunned that I can actually do it!


"Be yourself, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss
RFDUDLEY1 Posts: 1
3/18/10 8:49 A

That is wonderful!! My friend and I run at about a 12 minute pace. For the last few years we train and do the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Last year we made a pact to keep it up and we have!! Our pace has improved a bit and we even signed up for the ING half-marathon this weekend. We know we'll have to walk some but the point is...we made it! You have too!! Keep it up!!

JENNNVA Posts: 3,513
3/18/10 8:49 A

emoticon emoticon emoticon I know the feeling all to well! I started running last Aug and will run my 1st 1/2 marathon this Sunday. You should be very proud of your accomplishment!! Great job! Great post!

KSENNETT Posts: 81
3/18/10 8:49 A

Way to go...I just this week I completed a 5k in 36 minutes as well. It feels so good to accomplish something that I never thought I would come close to! emoticon

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” ~ Walt Disney

ZELLAZM Posts: 10,709
3/18/10 8:46 A

Congratulations! from a fellow runner who just started again a couple of years ago at the age of 56.

And congratulations for being featured today - it's great that you put your story "out there" so that it could encourage so many of us.

Blessings, Michelle

Rom 8:37 " all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."

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3/18/10 8:45 A

You painted a great picture of what you experienced, and have made it real for anyone who isn't quite there yet. Way to go!

Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good.
3/18/10 8:43 A

That is awesome.. Keep it up

3/18/10 8:42 A

That was a great testimony...keep it up...I'm sure proud of people like you !

3/18/10 8:41 A

Congratulations. Way to go.

RE2BAH Posts: 1,063
3/18/10 8:40 A

emoticon emoticon , BAM0827! Personally, I wouldn't go with 222, I'd go with current weight!!! emoticon

LKIRKENDALL SparkPoints: (28,940)
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3/18/10 8:39 A

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I am in the c25k week 5 day 3 myself. So far I have enjoyed this challenge. I will be happy to reach your level soon. Have a great day!

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3/18/10 8:38 A

You go girl!

You've totally inspired me today. I'm trying to get back to being a runner. It's so hard, but I know I can do it. You should be so proud of yourself! emoticon

GOGO122 Posts: 29
3/18/10 8:37 A

Congratulations on achieving your goal!!! You should be very proud. Thank you for inspiring me emoticon

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3/18/10 8:35 A

Thank you so much for posting. I am just beginning the C25K training as an overweight and out of shape person. I was having doubts as I am doing the first week over for the third time.

You have given me hope and re-inspired me to keep going.

Thank you.

Barbara (B)

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. - Henry James

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however. - Richard James
3/18/10 8:33 A

Way to go! I heard this once:

"What is the difference between a jogger and a runner?"

"An entry blank."

You go girl!!!

I started my running journey by trying to make it from a telephone pole to a telephone pole. Soon, I did my first 5K. Then, a 10K. I'm now training for my fifth half marathon and considering a full marathon in the fall. Trust me, the good feeling you get starts to become something you can't seem to live without.

Enjoy the pain, the callouses, the chafing and the immense feeling of accomplishment that you get from crossing the finish lines as well as making it back to your driveway at home.

DELLIS57 Posts: 1
3/18/10 8:32 A

That is wonderful, I'm so thrilled for you. I try but just can't get there yet...but I'm fast walking, hoping to make the jump to running soon!

IUFAN84 Posts: 3
3/18/10 8:31 A

Your posting was very timely and congratulations by the way! I have been working out with a group of women and a trainer 2 -3 times per week for the last month. We do a mix of weights and cardio. I can tell I am getting stronger. Last night, we ran outside. It was horrible. I felt like I couldn't get enough air. I walked some and kept on. I have never liked running (jogging) but I want to because i know it's benefits for burning calories. I guess also what inspired me is that you have been working on this for 2 years. It made me aware that NONE of this is overnight; whether this is losing weight and exercising. Live in the momemnt and keep pushing through because this time next year maybe I will be running a mile without stopping!

Thanks for the message.

BECKYMAC1 Posts: 1
3/18/10 8:28 A

You are INSPIRING!!! I ran my first mile last week and read your story before trying it again today. I will be thinking of you - thank you SO much!

MOLLYR618 Posts: 11
3/18/10 8:27 A

Today is an AMAZING day - congratulations!! emoticon

SMITHCS32 Posts: 7
3/18/10 8:23 A

Congratulations! This is my first week on Spark and you are an inspiration. I hope that I will be able to post soon about my progress! Keep running!

MARGARITTM Posts: 6,012
3/18/10 8:21 A

Welcome to the world of runners. We are honored to have you! You rock! You are doing something that 95% of the rest of the world only dreams about! keep us posted on that 5k. Woo Hoo!

3/18/10 8:15 A

I read your story, and I am so happy for you!
What a great sense of growth and accomplishment you must feeling.

AMBERLEY2003 Posts: 493
3/5/10 11:20 A

Awesome! I am training for my very first half marathon, I will never forget the first mile I ran, it was amazing!

Do not sacrifice what you want most , for something you want now.

3/5/10 11:18 A

That's so great! And once a runner always a runner.

MTRAMMELL1 SparkPoints: (61,921)
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3/5/10 11:17 A

I remember the first time I had that feeling a few months ago! I had never been a runner before and decided to try out a 5k just for a challenge. It was great! Now I have run a 4mi race and am signed up for a 10k in a month and a half!
Keep up the good work!


"If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies" Unknown
LUCKYONE60 SparkPoints: (18,324)
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3/5/10 10:58 A

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. I have been telling myself that I'm an athlete becasue of the way I can and do move my body and sweat when I'm working out. It feels good to give yourself a positive name, doesn't it? Good for you!

Remember, you have everything you need to succeed.
SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (59,519)
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3/5/10 10:38 A

Woohoo - congrats on becoming a runner and building this foundation that will help you reach many other goals.


"Your daily actions and words impact more people than you ever realize!" -- SparkGuy

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3/5/10 10:15 A

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BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
3/5/10 10:14 A

I posted this blog but also had to put it here!!
I had 36 minutes to think of a title for this blog while on the treadmill this morning. Today, I am became a runner!

Sure I have run before. I even have two t-shirts to say I did a 5K (although, truth be told I walked part of them, which was OK with me.) My February 22nd blog was about running 1.25 miles consecutively. I was so happy that day because I realized I was finally tearing down some of those mental limitations. Tuesday of this week I did 1.75 miles straight. After that run, I was confident that my goal of mid April for a 5K seemed totally possible now.

Tuesday to Friday is only 3 days but guess what? This morning, I did 3 miles in 36:04 minutes!!! I walked the first quarter mile as a warm-up then set the treadmill for 5.0 and started jogging. Throughout the next 32 minutes I would continue at that pace and even went a half mile at 5.5! Then when I saw 3 miles in 36 minutes could be a reality - set it back up to that speed for the last quarter mile. I had some thoughts during that time on how my body was responding, other times I just enjoyed my iPod, and other times I just felt like I was in a "zone".Today's run was different than others because at about 2.25 miles I thought - this is what a runner feels like and it feels good.

As I was getting a shower this morning" I realized it’s been 2 years and 2 months on Spark (on Sunday it will be 2 y, 2m and 2 days!). Starting at 222 pounds (maybe I should play 222 on the lottery on Sunday), I would have never imagined that I would jog 3 miles straight, much less enjoy it. Hitting this goal (and much earlier than planned) feels just as good as losing the weight. It is a great reminder that success breeds success. Setting small goals and accomplishing them makes me want to continue to reach higher. Reach higher not only in fitness but many other aspects of my life, as well.

Today is a great day!

The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart. -John Welwood

If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison

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