On April 25th 2011 I was featured as a Revolutionary. A lot has happened since then, and thus it is time for an update. I have lost 83 lbs to date, ran 457 miles last year including 21 events. Back in 2011 when I started my journey to get back in shape, there's no way I could have run a mile. But I stuck to it, and focused on the job that had to be done, and little by little the weight slid away, and I was able to run a little further each time.
Last year was a milestone year for me. I ran my first official 5K, and many virtual races. I discovered trail running, night running, and found favor with the people at Mizuno Running who had been following my progress. I found out what a challenge it can be to have a blog with interesting material for my readers, and in the process made many new friends in the running community.
In the spring of last year I was gearing up for a full race schedule, and unfortunately my father passed away. My running was the sole thing that got me through the grieving process, as it allowed me time to cry, to think and to share my feelings with other runners via my blog. Dad was a big fan when I started running, so I found many opportunities to run in his honor, as well as my mother's. I cherish the quiet time where I can put away the stress from the day, and just break into a run. No one bothering me, nothing to worry about, just me and the road or trail. I found after dad passed that I started to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. I took pictures, smelled flowers, and counted butterflies. All things that I hadn't done in the beginning of my training as I was so "focused" on time and pace.
My running experience has greatly changed my life for the better. I am 83 lbs lighter, much slimmer, and am off my blood pressure meds that I had been on for years. I have more patience with myself, and others. I look for the good in all situations, and try to encourage others in their personal journeys.
If you are just starting out running, you can know that every step you take, will change your life in some little way. After a while, these small steps all add up and before you know it, you're a new person inside and out. Don't be afraid to start the best change you'll ever make for yourself. You will never regret having good health. :)
My running goals for 2013 include numerous 5 and 10K's the Sugarloaf 15K, and the Maine Half Marathon. I don't compete for time purposes, but to enjoy the experience of finishing a race and savoring every minute along the way.
Thank you Mainely Running for getting me started- you will always have a special place in my heart!
Louise, while we'd love to be able to take the credit, YOU are the one who did ALL of the hard work! Kudos to you and I can't wait to see what you accomplish next! You can follow Louise's journey on her blog at http://www.runnersramblings.com/.
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