Friday, February 22, 2008
Walking in a marathon?? Me? Yeah right!
Who would have thunk it? Me, formerly 410 pound fat girl walking in a marathon... yeah right! Well, I am proud to tell you all that I did walk a 5 mile leg of the Myrtle Beach Bi-Lo marathon as part of a 5 man team on Feb 16, 2008. My support group went down in force. We took 14 people. We had two five-person relay teams and some half-marathon folks too! We did great, had a blast, and are all looking forward to doing it again at the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati over the first weekend in May.
One year ago, I never would have considered this and I was already down below 300 pounds with over 100 pounds lost. At NO time during the last 20+ years would I have considered doing something like this. But, during the support group meeting way back in November, our fearless leader (Lori) said to me, "Why don't you go with us??" And, in a moment of insanity, I told her I'd think about it. As I've already pointed out, in my previous way of thinking, "I'll think about it" would translate instantly to "What the freak are you thinking?" LOL But, this new and adventurous me called my hubby and said "Hey, what do you think about me walking in a marathon??" He, in his wonderfully supportive way, said, "If you CAN do it, then go for it!" And, the rest is history. I not only committed to doing it myself, but I also committed my 16 year old daughter to participate too. I walked my 5 miles in 1 hour and 20 minutes. She did hers in 1 hour and 10 minutes. We will both be participating in the Flying Pig Marathon as well. We'll continue to participate as relay team members and work up to doing half-marathons hopefully by time for the Myrtle Beach marathon next year.
And, we got MEDALS!!