What is your routine?
It depends if I’m training for something. If I’m not training, I usually run three to four miles three times a week and do a longer run of seven to nine miles on the weekend.
Do you race? If so, how often, and what kind of races?
Yes, I am currently training for Chicago and NYC marathons. I usually do about three half marathons a year and one to two marathons.
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Do you engage in other sports or activities? If so, what and how often?
I do a lot of strength training and enjoy yoga! Strength training twice a week has been amazing for my running and if I can get a yoga class in once a week I’m happy and so are my tight muscles! Lol.
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What’s the most rewarding part of running for you?
The ability to de-stress. I used to go to food to get the stress away, and now I strap on the sneakers and make my mind drift while my legs move.
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Please describe your weight loss journey, including your before and after weights.
In 2015 I started my journey at 265 pounds. I went in for a physical. My doctor told me my blood pressure was on the rise and so was my cholesterol, and gave me an ultimatum: either lose weight or take meds. I decided on the former.
I started to track my food via MyFitnessPal and to run three times a week. I found an amazing running team called Lean.Strong.Fast led by an amazing coach named Marlon Bascombe, who took my love for running and being healthy to another level.
Today I have run two marathons and I’m preparing for two more. I’ve run countless half marathons and I now weigh 167 pounds and am extremely happy, healthy, and proud!
What is the secret to your weight loss success?
Understand that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Some days may not be great but don’t beat yourself up.
Also understand what works for you—maybe only for you. Tracking my food and running have been my unlock, but everyone must figure out what’s best for them. It could be meal prep, cutting out certain foods, doing more cross training… Whatever it is, do what you can practically manage, and also enjoy.
How do you stay motivated?
New clothes and the mirror! I didn’t have issues with my self-esteem, but it’s pretty awesome to put on smaller sizes and see a different person. I like this new me and I like motivating others so I would like to keep it up!
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What are your current short and long-term goals?
My short term goal is to beat Oprah’s time at this year Chicago Marathon. Long term: just to continue to keep the weight off and stay healthy.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Running saved my life. I know and hope it will save others.
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The article This Woman’s Friend Got Her Running and She Lost Nearly 100 Pounds originally appeared on Runner’s World.