Yesterday was one of those days that meant so many different things to so many wonderful people.
We all came together to remember a very wonderful person, Theresa Lang, on her first annual memorial 5k run/walk. From those who worked so hard to put on this event in her memory to all those in her family out there celebrating her life on what would have been her 30th birthday, and to those who decided to make this event their first 5k or another milestone in their own personal fitness journeys.
What ever their motivation for being there - it was a tremendous success and I am proud to have been a small part of it.
What I enjoyed the most however was getting the chance to walk this 5k with Josh Brooks (you can follow him here on tumblr at blog OperationReclaim). Josh’s sister Pam is part of my kickboxing class and had told me that her brother was going to be doing his first ever 5k at the Sundowner back in late July. I gathered some of my friends and we stayed at the finish line that night to cheer him on and it was so great to be able to be there and see something incredible starting to happen for Josh.
Since then Josh went out and did another 5k on his own and had a wonderful experience when the crowd there was all gathered around to celebrate his finish. He writes about that experience on his blog and its worth the read.
Yesterday was Josh’s third 5k and I wanted to be out there doing this one with him. It was hot, extremely sunny with some inclines and declines along the way but he pushed through and had a really strong finish! It is an amazing feeling to be there and part of the experience as you watch someone not only change their life but the lives of others who are starting to see what an inspiration they are. Keep up the great work Josh and I can’t wait to see you out there on the 5k courses again soon!
The very first day I started to take back control of my own life, I did my first ever kickboxing class in the morning and then I had to go back that evening for the fitness progress check. I was nervous, had to take shirtless photos, do push-ups, situp and at the time the dreaded timed 1.5 miles. I had never really been ashamed of my actual weight in terms of the numbers - if someone asked I would tell them. I had not weighed in, for a while and thought I was likely around 320 or so pounds. I got on the scale and it came up with 369.8 and I felt crushed and for the first time embarrassed. The girl taking my weight measures was Theresa. She was friendly, cute and had this smile that just lit up the room. Little did I know at the time, that deep down inside she was cheering for me that day, but that would be revealed in the days and weeks that would follow. She was such a supportive, cheerful and genuine person. I know she would have loved all of the personal stories of triumph and support and everyone coming together yesterday. Miss you and remember “take your love everywhere you go”!!!
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