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TOPIC: 300 lbs and ran my 2nd 5K. I feel like a superhero! (w/pics)

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August 19, 2012 4:15 PM
Last night I ran in my second 5K and despite spending most of the summer with an injury that prevented me from doing more than very slow walking, I managed to shave a few minutes off my time from the first run I had in April. I'm still very slow, but it was exciting to see improvement!

After the race as my husband and I walked back to the car, emotion suddenly overwhelmed me and I had to stop and have myself a little breakdown on the side of the road. I cried like a lunatic for a couple of minutes because despite how tired I felt and how much my feet hurt, I'd just finished my second 5K and it didn't kill me. You have to understand, I'm 300 lbs. Six months ago I was more than 330 lbs and walking up the stairs to my living room was a challenge. It really hit me how hard it was to do what I had just done and how many years I'd spent thinking running was out of my reach forever.

Running. I mean, our bodies are made to move. Walking and running are things that should come easy to us. They should never be out of our reach. And I realized that I was easily 3x as big as some of the other runners out there and yeah maybe I didn't do it as quickly as they had, but I'd still done it right beside them. For much of the race I even kept pace with the runners.

I cried because I didn't think I could do what I'd just done for the second time and how much of my life I spent thinking about things I couldn't do. It's such a waste of time and energy. I'm so tired of thinking my weight holds me back. It doesn't.

I mean, here's proof! This is a 300 lb girl who ran 3.10 miles! Say it can't happen!! I dare you!

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  15149113
August 19, 2012 4:18 PM
That's awesome! I started running at 250+ pounds and I caught the bug. I love to run.
August 19, 2012 4:19 PM
AWESOME!! that is SUCH a great job ma'am!! i am nearly 400 pounds, and i just recently started c25k ... i can't WAIT till i can run a 5k!! your story is SO INSPIRING!! keep up the great work!
August 19, 2012 4:20 PM
amazing nice work!!! :)
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August 19, 2012 4:21 PM
Great job! Very inspiring photos. If you can do it, I strongly believe anyone can! bigsmile

I'm a runner myself, and in training for my first 1/2 Marathon next month. Add me if you want from one runner to another. happy
August 19, 2012 4:21 PM
You are simply fantastic! Big congrat's!
August 19, 2012 4:21 PM
Awesome! Great job!
You are a superheroflowerforyou
Edited by dayone987 On August 19, 2012 4:22 PM
August 19, 2012 4:22 PM
So So awesome. Keep up the great job you are doing.. Just Keep Moving
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August 19, 2012 4:23 PM
This is awesome! There are a lot more of us 300 lb runners out there than I ever thought! Congratulations on a great victory. flowerforyou
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August 19, 2012 4:23 PM
I love it!! You are so inspiring! My 10 year old daughter loves to run and I've wanted to tell her that she and I can run together after school while we are waiting to pick up her brothers (they get out later than she does) but I keep stopping because of that "I can't" message in my brain. I was over 300... I'm down to the 230s now, but it still hits me as foolish to try to run! I'm afraid I'll get hurt or I'll fall... although I can't even remember the last time that happened.

You are really inspiring and I'm going to go running with my daughter this week after school. :D I'm so proud to call you a MFP friend!!

I love your pictures and your story!! You are so beautiful!!! And contagious (that's a good thing! LOL!).

Shannon
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August 19, 2012 4:23 PM
You are truly inspiring! WTG!
August 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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That is AWESOME!!!
  26001168
August 19, 2012 4:24 PM
Inspirational! Wow! happy We're near the same size...and I can WALK over 3 miles, but gosh, I don't know if I could run it. But perhaps I shouldn't say can't, right? wink Could I add you as a friend??
  11459339
August 19, 2012 4:25 PM
Wow! You're a super hero in my book!
  21010712
August 19, 2012 4:25 PM
That is GREAT!!! Such inspiration!!!
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August 19, 2012 4:26 PM
That's so awesome! Congratulations.
  3953352
August 19, 2012 4:26 PM
you make me smile. huge congratulations
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August 19, 2012 4:26 PM
WOOOO!!! That's AWESOME! I started running at 290 lbs and just ran my first half marathon in March at 220 lbs. It gets addicting! Keep up the good work!
  5587569
August 19, 2012 4:26 PM
Thats great! Keep it up! I am just starting that C25K and I can't wait to actually be able to do a whole 5k.
August 19, 2012 4:27 PM
YOU are incredible! Rock it girl!!!
  8767391
August 19, 2012 4:27 PM
So happy for you!!! What an accomplishment! I'm running my first 5K in September and can't wait!
  15004194
August 19, 2012 4:27 PM
I am so thrilled for you! I spend 25 years of my life between 250 and 320. I found a great health program that helped me lose weight quickly and had an educational component! Now I know how to eat 6 low glycemic meals a day and stay healthy for life! I am starting to run. I don't like it but I am committed so I admire you tremedously!

Honey Beth
August 19, 2012 4:27 PM
I have been wanting to run, but my doctor has told me not to run until I get at least 30 lbs off because if I start now it will tear my knees up (no previous knee injuries). This makes me think "why not!" Good job!
  16634983
August 19, 2012 4:28 PM
YOU ARE AWESOME!! And you are a superhero. I hope since this is your second that means that one wasn't enough and you're going to keep going!

I started my running as well at 300+ and am now (just today) under 250, so KEEP IT UP!!! You are doing awesome.

And congrats on your PR! (Personal Record) ...a few minutes is nothing to sneeze at.. I've set new PR's by less than 30 seconds but it still counts! :)
  12012155
August 19, 2012 4:28 PM
WTG Girl!! Keep it up!
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