But in September 2015 the local high school held the Band on the Run 5k about the time I finished the C25k program. So I decided to sign up for it.
Here I am at the starting line of that race. I weighed 230 pounds. I finished in 33:54, and that hurt!
They didn't hold the race in 2016, but a couple weeks ago they announced they would run it this year.
I told myself I wasn't going to run it, my training plan called for a 12-mile long run that day. But when I woke up yesterday morning, I just had to!
Here I am before the race yesterday. I weigh 175.
Here we are getting ready for the start!
Here I am crossing the finish line. My watch said 24:25! I am so happy!
My time was good enough to get me first place in my age group!
Running has changed my life. The progress I've made over the past two years blows my mind.
I really hope I can make running my life, helping others find the joy in it that I've found.