28 Feb 2014

Running for a Healthy Life!

I had been overweight for a very long time. I was also a 20 year smoker. Looking at my 4 children, I had a wake up call. January 11, 2012 I quit smoking. February 4, 2012, i joined WW at 221 pounds (this was my 4th attempt to lose weight, my heaviest was 238 pounds). […]

28 Feb 2014

Too young to roll over

My whole life, I’ve envied runners. I envied heir physique, their stamina, endurance, self-control, and determination. But it was never for me. Of course, I’ve had dreams of doing something grand, like completing a marathon before my 30th birthday, but never made any serious effort to do so. Then, at 23, severe hip pain took […]

28 Feb 2014

Conversations with Mom

I started hitting the treadmill 6 years ago to start my own weight loss plan. My goal was to attend my 20th high school reunion but not at 242 lbs. I tried but I knew I didn’t try hard enough. I knew I needed to go on a diet. But I didn’t. 7 months later, […]

28 Feb 2014

I am a Runner!

Running is not easy and I’m not fast. I began running after age 40 to help me lose weight and found an incredible strength within myself that I never knew I had. I found my inner ‘badass” that helped me run before the sun came up, as sleet was hitting my face, rain drenched my […]

27 Feb 2014

The Potential Of A Runner

I started running outside off and on in my twenties when I lived in Spokane, WA just to stay fit after having 3 children. Then our family moved to Vancouver, WA and we joined a gym. I ran a little on the treadmill and after the gym that I belonged to closed, I decided to […]

27 Feb 2014

Road lessons…

My story….. I started running in 2001 after a really bad divorce. I was heavily insecure, unmotivated and 50 lbs overweight. Moving back home to Southern California I knew I needed to lose the weight to have any chance of getting a date in Barbie town. I started small – 1 mi, 2 mi, 3mi; […]

27 Feb 2014

Small Triumphs

I run because I’m bad at it. But I still haven’t quit. I’m not fast. I’m struggling to train for my first marathon. I keep injuring myself. But I don’t quit, like I have so many other times in my life. When I run through downtown Los Angeles and look up at the glory of […]

27 Feb 2014

Finding My Joy

My story is the same as countless others, I used to be obese. Like, 320 pounds worth of obese. I used to be sad. Like, lie on the couch and feel bad for myself sad. Because I was obese and sad, I used to believe that I couldn’t do a lot of things. If someone […]

27 Feb 2014

To meet God…

I’ve never been one for team sports. I don’t play for teams. I don’t play for people. I run for God because He made me to love it and gave me whatever ability I have. I believe with everything in me that it brings Him joy when I give it everything I’ve got and thank […]

27 Feb 2014

I AM STRONG

I immigrated to the US from Germany by myself in 2009. I have gone through so much trouble and had to face so many difficulties that I ended up in a phase of depression. I didn’t want to give up, though. I wanted to prove that I could do it. I could start a new […]