Celebrating transformation half marathon style
Today a friend congratulated me on completing the Women’s Half Marathon this past weekend. She is a runner and has competed in several half marathons and one full marathon. “How does it feel to be a half marathoner at half your body weight?,” she said. “You must know you are in an elite group to claim the title ‘half marathoner.’ Even better, I don’t know anyone who can say they did so after losing more than half their body weight!”
Then I told her the story of my friends from Fitness North who completed the half marathon with me last Sunday. I described how the six Fitness North alumni have collectively lost more than 750 lbs in the last 1-2 years.
Yes, six half marathoners sans 750 pounds in under 2 years! What’s better, we all transformed under the expert guidance of nutritional coach and trainer, Leif Anderson of Leif Anderson Fitness. And he completed the marathon too!
Way cooler is the fact that NONE of us would have even considered running or race walking a half marathon one year ago. So the Lady’s Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon was more than just a race. To us, it was a celebration of our personal transformations and our new fit and active bodies. And, a celebration of a new-found belief in ourselves.
To me, that is what’s really cool. This is an elite group. And an inspiration.
So a big thank you to my fellow half-marathoners: Joyce Deiter-Cunningham, Deb Frie, Linda Koenig, Karen St. Louis and Julie Langenbrunner Wolleat. You ladies rock and I am so proud to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with you.
To our coach Leif Anderson who has been in the trenches with us every step of the way I say. “Look Chief! Look at what you did?! Pretty cool, huh?
Think of all of those we will inspire to get up off the couch and transform their bodies and their lives. It doesn’t get much better than that! Today, I am smiling for all of the transformations in the making and for all of the half marathons in my future.