Celebrate 2011: Half Marathon

About Celebrate 2011: This year has been full of ups and downs for me. In January, I certainly didn’t think I’d have health issues and then end up losing less than 20 pounds in the year. It seriously, seriously had me down in the dumps the past few months. Instead of focusing on the pounds lost, I’ve decided to write a few posts celebrating all the great things I did in 2011. 

2011 brought the accomplishment of a bucket list item: doing a half-marathon. I never thought I’d be a half-marathoner at 350 pounds, but I was excited to train with friends and do a race in my home city.

Mary Ann, Amber, Me, Holli

I will never forget the feeling of achievement, the grossness of a post-race donut (seriously, go for fruit or bread), or the amazing bottle of champagne consumed afterwards. It was a great experience, but I’m most proud of the money raised.

It was serendipitous that the half marathon was on the 4th anniversary of my mom’s passing from complications of young-onset Parkinson’s disease; and 2 days before my 30th birthday. With your help, I raised over $2,600 for the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky that went towards Parkinson’s research.

The only downside to the half marathon is the injury to my ankle that I’ve been dealing with since then (7 months in). I just learned I need more treatment on it, and think I probably spent over $2,600 on medical treatment for it. Oh well, live and learn! I’m still glad I did it :)

  • http://twitter.com/MizFitOnline carla birnberg

    that last sentence makes me so proud of you…I hope Id feel the same as well. life is about the process the experiences and what we learn along the way xo

  • Mary

    Good for you.  I did the half marathon too – my first at 47 yrs old.  It was such an accomplishment to finish.

  • Jody – Fit at 54

    AMAZING! I have never even done one! I hope your ankle heals but what you did & have done – you should be proud & your attitude is inspiring!

  • http://carolinecalcote.com Caroline Calcote

    I’m getting caught up! Your half-marathon was a huge inspiration to me and I am so proud of you! I hope your ankle issues can be resolved.