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I Completed my 1st Half Marathon at 265lbs!!!!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

I've been training for my first half marathon for 3 months now. It WAS scheduled for May 5th...the Heels and Hills, it's focused on women, and is taking place in Las Colinas, TX. WELL...this past Sunday was the Dallas Rock & Roll Half Marathon. I had planned to go cheer on several of my friends that were running it. On Thursday night a friend and her fiancÚ called me to say they've decided to not run it since it was going to be so cold (35 degrees with 20 to 30 mph winds). They wanted to know if i wanted their bibs...i asked my training friend and we both said yes! At this point we've only trained for up to 10 miles. BUT a friend of mine who does these all the time told me that if i can do 10 i can do the half. He went on to say that the last 3.1 miles is all in your head...it's a mental game. So we went for it! AND...

I prepared all of my stuff the night before and woke up at 3am to get ready to leave.


It was soooo cold! I think it was about 33 degrees and that did NOT factor in the 20 to 30 mph winds. We huddled to stay warm until the building was opened up or, maybe people just broke into the building...










I will say this...i am so thankful that i have been on top of my training. And not to say anything against anyone else's experiences, but this was pretty smooth. After about mile 9 was i was getting tired. Up to this point we were averaging a 16mph pace. After mile 9 i slowed down a bit but i kept on going. All i thought about after mile 9 was that it was an easy 4 miler. 4 miles are the easy walks during the week...that was my pep talk to myself. After mile 10 i thought, "All i have left is a 5k." 5k's are easy!" After mile 11 i thought, "just 2 miles and i'm done." After mile 12 i thought, "I'm a half marathon finisher!"







I finished in 3:43:44. This was a 17:02mph pace. I knew i slowed down those last 4 miles. But today i'm at work and i'm walking around just fine. Lots of stretching, conditioning and training helped me get to this point. I'm 265lbs and i completed my first half marathon! and i feel great!!!!

My next half marathon is my original sign up - May 5th!
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CRISSA1669 3/28/2013 9:04AM

    Totally awesome!!! What a great achievement for you and an encouragement for everyone else!! Congratulations!!!!

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SLIMLEAF 3/28/2013 9:00AM

    Fantastic! WELL DONE! I am so excited for you!

All that hard work and hours of training have paid off.

Thank you for letting us share in your joy and success!

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MORTONDH 3/28/2013 8:51AM

  Your are truly amazing! emoticon

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DEVOUEE40 3/28/2013 8:46AM

    Congratulations! And Thank you for inspiring me :)

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BELIEVE2013 3/28/2013 8:40AM

    That is AWESOME!!!! You're my SHERO!! emoticon

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BLESSTHISHOME 3/28/2013 8:38AM

    WOW! What an amazing story! You are such an inspiration and I really REALLY
needed to read this this morning! I weigh more than you and hope to be able to start running when I loose 50# and I've lost 17. My goal is to be able to run a 5k before the end of this year. Thank you for sharing! There is not telling how many people you've inspired that didnt comment.
Blessings on your journey!
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REBIRTHDIVA 3/28/2013 8:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you rock!!!

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CATE195 3/28/2013 8:06AM

    What an accomplishment! emoticon

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DRPRINCESS4 3/28/2013 8:05AM

    Completely friggin' awesome!

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ZIEKEPPLER 3/28/2013 8:05AM

  Watch out world, Vicky Marie's coming and she's MOVING FAST! Way to go!!! emoticon

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GRACE-FUL 3/28/2013 8:04AM

    Congrats~ what an inspiration you are! Thanks so much for sharing your story! emoticon emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 3/28/2013 7:25AM

    Wow! You are such an inspiration! Talk about a "can do" attitude!!! emoticon emoticon

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TWAINNY 3/28/2013 5:07AM

    Wow!! I'm impressed! I guess i can't use the excuse that i need to lose more weight before i try a 5k!! You're an inspiration!

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CLOVER2 3/28/2013 12:55AM

    You go girl! The best is yet to come!
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MARIANNE9855 3/28/2013 12:46AM

    You should be so proud of yourself for even taking the risk and then finishing as well!
Wow! I am older and heavier but I guess this pushes me over the "sign up to walk a 5k fear I had." I bet you have no idea how many people's lives you changed by your accomplishment.
Thank you so much for being you and sharing with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARIKAYE 3/27/2013 11:54PM

    You are stinking amazing!! I was looking for a motivating story to read today and your blog was definitely it!! I just can't believe at 265 you could run 13.1 miles! You totally inspire me! I am 54...so considerably older than you for sure, but I too weigh 265. Running is on my wish list. I have artificial knees, but the doctor told me I could do anything I want with them. He said running was fine, but I just haven't had the courage to give it a try at my weight. You have totally changed my mind. I walk almost every day but never dawned on me to try running yet. You were very fortunate to have someone to train with. I just have to commend on doing something I didn't even believe was possible!! You go girl!! I can't wait to hear about your next one!

Shari

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MACCARONEE 3/27/2013 11:41PM

    I love your story! So So inspiring!

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AOCHS3 3/27/2013 11:30PM

    Wow! good for you! I know this is repetitive at this point, but you are such an inspiration and one tough cookie! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMACHAE74 3/27/2013 11:26PM

    Girl hats off to you. I smiled reading this because it is no easy feat. I don't know you, but I am so proud of you. Keep this feeling with you and let it be your proof that you can do anything, cuz you can. Yay!! emoticon

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HORSE22 3/27/2013 11:01PM

    Your determination and attitude are admirable! Congratulations on your great achievement. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

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VAPIDWENCH 3/27/2013 10:58PM

    I'm in awe! Well done!

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DRB13_1 3/27/2013 10:54PM

    WONDERFUL!!!
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I bet you will beat your time in May. You can do ANYTHING!!!
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SORGIN 3/27/2013 10:25PM

    Awesome! Congrats and I hope you wear that medal for weeks!

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MSGO72 3/27/2013 9:48PM

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EATVEGAN 3/27/2013 9:47PM

    Wow! I am so impressed. Congratulations!

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AJB121299 3/27/2013 9:47PM

    Kudos

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OTGIRLSARA 3/27/2013 9:16PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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KELCOT 3/27/2013 8:26PM

    This is inspiring! Congrats!

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NIKO27 3/27/2013 8:24PM

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MADZI88 3/27/2013 8:17PM

    You, my dear, absolutely ROCK! How fabulous!!!! emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP_ 3/27/2013 8:17PM

    This is such a great encouragement and I love the way you talked yourself through the last parts of the half marathon! Way to go, that's truly great emoticon

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PLUMERIA50 3/27/2013 8:12PM

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I love the artwork on your face!
Fantastic self-talk to get through the distance!

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MATASMORENA 3/27/2013 8:11PM

    Congratulations on such a great achievement!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 3/27/2013 8:11PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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AMANDASOTELO 3/27/2013 7:19PM

    how awesome! This is inspiration for me! I am now 247 and i have been training for a 5K for april 20th but i am way off course with the training but i still have a little less than a month to get back on it. I can only run about 1/2 mile and i was training for 2 months just to get there. I'm not sure why it is so hard to do it. But this inspires me that I can do it and it is all in my head. My uncle is going to run it with me and as well as my chiroprator since its her race anyways. im now getting excited about it again! thanks!

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PORTIAWILLIS 3/27/2013 6:59PM

    My hat goes off to you. I finished my first half marathon when I was 51 and weighed 160lbs and it was hard enough that I said I would never do it again but I didn't train the way I should have. Two years later I had several friends walking again and they tried to get me to do it also. Money was tight so I said no. Race day come and one of my friends had a broke ankle and couldn't race so they ask me to take her place. I had not trained or even been walking very much but they all said just do what you can, just stop when you get tired. Well to make a long story short, once I started I refused to stop. I finished at 4hr and 17min which was better than my first race but could hardly walk when it was over. Moral of the story DON'T try walking a half marathon without training for it. I lost 4 toenails and could hardly move for a week. It has been another 2 years and I am going to start training for my next half marathon this fall. I had a total knee replacement 1 year ago and I am determined to finish another one.

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JIBBIE49 3/27/2013 6:46PM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 3/27/2013 6:37PM

  You're emoticon !!!


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MODEL_BEHAVIOR 3/27/2013 6:29PM

    That is awesome! How cool for you. I am so inspired. I can't run because of problems with my knees, but I have tried to run in the past and it is no easy feat. (Nor easy on the feet.) Seriously great!!

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CURVYCATHY1 3/27/2013 6:05PM

  Congratulations! What an accomplishment. You must be really fit!

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KAYMIAMI 3/27/2013 5:36PM

    I am so proud of you! I am also very inspired. I have always dreamed of doing a marathon. But, the farthest I have walked is 5 K. 3.1 miles. I did a half jog/half walk. I finished two 5 K's. Then I broke my pelvis in two places. i thought that would put an end to my walking. But, in the past year, I have been walking 1.2 miles, but only two or three days per week. I read a fitness article last night. It was saying that to at least be in the "poor" fitness category, you had to be able to walk a mile in at least 19 minutes. So far, I had only done a mile in 21 or 22 minutes. So I got mad and went out and walked today as fast as I could. I made the mile in 17 minutes and 45 seconds. Then I tried to find a place to blog and your blog is the first thing that came up! You are so awesome! I am rooting for you in the next half marathon! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 3/27/2013 5:07PM

    emoticon ! WOW....my hat is off to you. YOU did great!!!! What an inspiration you are. I am 70 years old and working on a 5 K ....maybe you give me hope!!! Enjoy this fantastic accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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MANILUS 3/27/2013 4:58PM

    This is inspiration, wow! Congrats and keep going!!!!!!!!!!!

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SARAHST0T 3/27/2013 4:51PM

    emoticon This gives me hope that I can do a 5k! Would love to work up to a half marathon, though!

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EARTHTONED84 3/27/2013 4:36PM

    You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story and success!

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HAPPYWRITER7 3/27/2013 3:55PM

    AWESOME, Im beyond happy to read a blog like this. I wish I could do it too! *hugs* I just know you'll be great for May!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/27/2013 3:52PM

    What an awesome thing! I am so proud for you!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 3/27/2013 3:18PM

    Way to go girl! that is so incredible! Congrats!

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