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Biggest Loser Race

Monday, June 23, 2014

I did the race on Sunday with my SiL, and then the kids had a 1 mile fun run. Usually, most of the races around here are done at the peninsula, which is flat and shady. This year, they decided to have TBL race at our local Penn State campus... which is all hills, literally, ALL HILLS.. You know, when your grampa tells you he walked to school, up hills, both ways... he was talking about Penn State Behrend... HOLY CRAP!!! Oh, and NO shade, anywhere!

So I really thought we were in trouble. My poor SiL is having troubles sticking with her journey, and I'm sure the last thing she wanted, was to do this race at all, let alone the hilly course we were going to be doing. Like last year, it was well put together, lots of parking, tons of vendors, and a few BL contestants from past seasons. This year, it was Dan and Jackie from season 5, and Dave and Chelsea from this past season.

He was REALLY nice!

Lisa and I before the race. She looks so happy!

Of course, there's tons of excitement, and people of all sizes sharing their stories. Lots of "before" photos attached to t-shirts, including my own emoticon , and "pounds lost" on the back of t-shirts, it really is inspiring.

Lisa seemed really nervous and I tried to ease her concerns, but honesty, I was just hoping that she wasn't plotting my death as we walked. We started the race by going downhill, sweet! Apparently, it was just to get you going fast enough to make it up the other side of the hill... that kept going up... and never seemed to end... Honestly, I was waiting for her to tell me she wasn't going to do this. She was going to stop in the middle and turn around. She was going to tell me that she was done.... She NEVER DID! Through all 3.1 miles, she pushed herself as hard as I think she possibly could have.

As we were finishing our race, less than a mile to go, there was a woman that just made it over the first REALLY LONG HILL, and was starting to come up another hill... I use this only as a description, you all know there's no judgement... she must have weighed 500+ pounds. There was a guy with her, in his 20's, and I don't know if he was a child, or someone trying to help her on her journey. He was encouraging her, and talking to her the whole time. I got very teary eyed, and I sit here typing this nearly in tears. That woman is AMAZING, and I made sure I told her that. I told her to keep pushing because she was AWESOME! She whispered "thank you" and I started crying. I've never been in her shoes, but I know her pain, most of us do. That's what this is all about. Finding your inner strength to do what you never thought possible. That woman has more inner strength, than I think I'll ever have. I think seeing that woman was a significant moment for Lisa as well.

We finished the race in 1hr and 10mins. Pretty good for those ridiculous hills!

Kat and I hanging out, waiting for the kids race to start

My kids got to do the 1 mile fun run. I'm always so proud of them, but when I found out after the race, that they were supporting each other, and encouraging other kids to "keep going"... I can't tell you how happy that made me.


The race was great, Lisa gave it everything she had, and I'm SOOOO proud of her. I highly recommend the race to anyone who gets a chance to do it.

Dave and Chelsea from Season 15, with me and the kids

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    How wonderful! What an experience, and your SIL will forever have a story to tell, probably along the lines of- I wasn't about to quit if my SIL was there! LOL

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TRUE-NESS 6/27/2014 9:01PM

    That's so great! I wish they had one of those in my area. Sooo cool.

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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:27AM

    And now I am in tears! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience in this beautiful blog!

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XXSOLA_FIDEXX 6/26/2014 7:22PM

    Reading this got me all teary eyed! You are an awesome inspiration to so many people! It looks like you all had so much fun.

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VALYNN26 6/26/2014 12:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I wish BL would have a race in my area. I got teary eyed reading about the woman from your race. What an inspiration! Glad you had a good time. Thanks again for sharing & love the pics.

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2014 4:20AM

    thank you for sharing - sounds like a great event, and your description is so inspiring!

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TINAJANE76 6/26/2014 3:54AM

    What an inspiring race! It just goes to show that ANY person can accomplish something tremendous just by showing up and doing the best they can. I know the pain and struggle of trying to be active when you're greatly obese--not all that long ago, just walking, heck just tying my shoes, was an epic feat and now I'm doing boot camps!

I'm so glad you had this experience and that you were able to cheer on a few people along the way. You've done us all proud, Holly!

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JRICHART 6/25/2014 12:15AM

    Wow! What a great experience for all of you. Great job to everyone.

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BONOLICIOUS2 6/24/2014 10:29AM

    This post is amazing in so many ways! You guys are inspiring and I'm so happy for you! I LOVE the positivity oozing from this and I hope MANY people see it and spread it too! WOO HOO - You guys ROCK!!!!!!

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/24/2014 9:48AM

    What an awesome day! I'm so proud of all of you! Thank you so much for sharing the race with us, like I said on your status yesterday I wish they came closer to Richmond, it's a race I would definitely participate in!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/24/2014 9:12AM

    This sounds like such an amazing event, despite the hills! Great photos, and what a wonderful experience with that woman. I remember once during my first 5K post losing some weight (Oct 2011, so I was still around 195 lbs), I watched a woman jogging an entire 5K really slowly, with a guy beside her who was encouraging her the whole way. I was walking/running the 5K, so I would pass them up in my run sections, then they would pass me up in my walking sections, so I was with them all the way to the end, and I got the impression it was her first fully-run 5K and he was a coach of some kind. It was incredibly inspiring. :)

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KONRAD695 6/24/2014 3:05AM

    I think you are emoticon . Most people never take the time to get out and feel the friendship with fellow people on the same path as them. I think that's why I still do so many races. After two years of having the buddy system at the Y, I now miss it. Who knows, maybe you and I will run across each other at a race. Until then emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 6/24/2014 2:58AM

    emoticon Holly! This was so inspiring to read. emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 6/24/2014 12:25AM

    Great job! And BL too What more could you ask for! emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 6/23/2014 10:55PM

    emoticon emoticon it's awesome when the whole family does a race together! Kudos to you for being such a great inspiration!!

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KELAN5 6/23/2014 10:40PM

    Way to go, Holly! You are such an inspiration! I am trying to work up my courage to start running. Thank you for being such an incredible role model. :) emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 6/23/2014 10:35PM

    emoticon Holly & Lisa & conquering those hills!! emoticon

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    Great job Holly! Congratulations to you and your SIL for finishing! WOO HOO! I'm so proud of you!

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TERI-RIFIC 6/23/2014 10:20PM

    I would love to do one of their races. My daughter wanted to do one this summer with me, but the timing wasn't right. Now that I've read about your experience, I am def going to do one in the future. Great pictures, awesome time. emoticon

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NASFKAB 6/23/2014 10:16PM

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NAYKNITS 6/23/2014 9:38PM

    emoticon So Inspiring!! sounds like a great time (with the exception of those hills!). But seriously- conquering those hills is a huge accomplishment to look back on and say, "yeah, I did that & didn't give up!"

thanks for sharing! You both ROCK!!!!

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 6/23/2014 9:34PM

    Love this. I am tearing up over here too. emoticon

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ANGGEL40 6/23/2014 9:24PM

    Awesome..Just Awesome..Glad your SIL didn't turn around or plot your's so expiring when you see someone of that size go above and beyond..Thank you for sharing..You guys ROCK!

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WORLDSERIES11 6/23/2014 8:00PM

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MAMADWARF 6/23/2014 7:18PM

    That made ME tear up! Holly we have been each other cheerleaders for 4 year and I know you have made the difference for me so many times. I am so proud of the things you have done and things you DO. Lisa is lucky to have you on her you girl and you look amazing!!!

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GABY1948 6/23/2014 6:31PM

    I LOVE this! Holly, I totally understand because I am the same way....when I see BIG people trying to do something I ALWAYS try to encourage them or tell them how PROUD I am of them unless they might be embarrassed! No judgment at all....but I AM so PROUD of them. I wish someone had encouraged me to do something like that earlier in my life! Many years of pain might have been avoided.

You are a true blessing to us glad you shared your wonderful time! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 6/23/2014 5:46PM

    Way to support your SIL!! I got tears reading this! I too have never been in that woman's shoes but know how hard it is everyday trying to lose weight and how much harder it is when the burden seems more then you can image. She was amazing just like you are!

Way to go!

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MISSB8604 6/23/2014 5:22PM

    I'm SO GLAD you guys had a good time and that your SIL is as fabulous as you are! You never cease to amaze me, so proud!

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SEATTLE58ANEW 6/23/2014 5:21PM

    Awesome Holly!! I loved how you encouraged Lisa all along! emoticon emoticon

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