Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Running Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, almost four years ago, there was a chubby mom who knew she needed to get fit (before the rest of her jeans didn’t fit).  So she went for a walk on a nature trail near her house.  It was a one-mile round trip and she had been walking it every morning for almost a year with no weight-loss success.  Then one morning, something magical happened:  she decided to see if she could run.  She could!  And it was awesome.

She started running that mile a few times a week, then she started running more.  Soon that one mile became two and then three.  She entered a 5K race and loved the feeling of pinning on that bib.  She went from saying, “I’m going for a run” to “I am a runner.”  Many pounds were lost and confidence was gained.

She went from looking like this:

Before

to looking like this:

P CropFast forward to this morning’s 9-mile run, where our intrepid heroine is travelling that same nature trail where this whole journey started.  There’s another woman she sees somewhat frequently, a woman who might be trying to lose a few pounds, who has been walking the nature trail for many months now.  That woman is RUNNING!

Our hero calls out, “Hey, you’re running! That’s fantastic!”

“Yep, I’m trying.  You’ve inspired me,” came the reply.

Best. Compliment. EVER.

18 comments:

Java Joggers said...

That's such a great story... and even better than a fairy tale, because it's true! Nice...

ajh said...

Love this! What a feeling that is! Yeah for you and yeah for her.

Michelle said...

you look fantastic!

MCM Mama said...

You look great and that was an awesome comment you got this morning!

misszippy said...

What an amazing transformation you've had! You look fantastic. And so cool that you've inspired a complete stranger--way to go!

Kelsey: the Blonde Bullet said...

What a great story! It must be such a great feeling to know you inspired some one else to run. I hope I get to experience that someday! Way to go!

Char said...

What a great transformation. You look amazing!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

That is so awesome! You look absolutely amazing! Woohoo for inspiring someone else! :)

LMC said...

Your story is a great and inspiring story. Even strangers realize how inspiring! :) You look amazing and I bet you feel amazing too. Keep it going!!

momof3 said...

That. Was. Awesome!

I needed that today, I am tired, and blah, etc and so forth, questioning my sanity in an insane world, and here YOU have restored my faith in humanity! Thanks.

Alma F. said...

WOW! Very inspiring. RUN ON!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Fantastic story. Love hearing this kind of stuff....

Johann said...

Great post and great compliment to get! You deserve it!

suzy@countdownto26.2 said...

Ah, I love this! What a compliment. Awesome how your quest to lose some weight became so much more.
Congrats on your weight loss success, you look fantastic!

Jess said...

That is awesome! Congrats on your personal achievement and in your ability ot inspire others!

Heather said...

You are one HOT MOMMA and definitely inspiring! :)

Chelsea said...

Oh that's so awesome! I sometimes wonder if those runners on my normal path would freak out if I told them how much I rely on them to KEEP GOING on some days! :)

Julie said...

You are inspiring for sure! What a great post:)

You look amazing...seriously look at your tiny fit body:) Also, I love the huge smile on your face!