Your Fitness Stories; How a Daughter Inspired Her Mom To Get Fit

Sharon's daughter and grandaughter

In April, 2010 my then 31-year-old daughter decided it was time to get in shape and lose weight. She started the Couch to 5K Program with the goal of running her first 5K by her birthday in June.

She knew at the time that I walked a lot (and hadn't lost any weight just walking) and she encouraged me to start jogging/running. My reply was: "I can't run." She assured me I could.

I did not have an ipod or a way to download the program. So, I decided, I had nothing to lose. I had been walking for a couple of years on a regular basis with no weight loss. So, I took out on my usual country road at the ripe, ol' age of 55 and added in some short jogs/runs to my walking routine. The first time I ran a minute, I thought I had conquered the world.

When Mother's Day of that year rolled around, we signed up for a Mother's Day 5K in Kansas City. I was a little nervous since I'd only been running for about a month, but did it anyway. I was so happy to finish it and I finished it in 40:07. I was in the top third of the approximately 3,200+ runners/walkers. My daughter finished ahead of me and was waiting at the finish line to cheer me on. It was a moment I will never forget.

It is now our tradition to do this 5K every year. I continued "training" all through that summer. The first time I ran a mile without stopping, I stood along the side of the country road, jumping up and down and cheering because I had done it! I did not weigh myself all that summer. When October rolled around, I stepped on the scale only to discover I had lost 20 pounds! Needless to say, I was jumping up and down, cheering once again.

Since then I have participated in approximately 18 5K races. I kept running even through the extreme heat of the past two summers and as much as possible in the winter months. When I can't get outside because of darkness, I drag out the Wii Fit and "run" on it.

I have yet been able to run the full 3.1 miles because of breathing issues, but that is okay with me. I know my limits. I have taken 5 minutes off of my first 5K time and actually received a few medals in the smaller 5K races.

I love running/walking and look forward to it. I go five or six times a week and do 3.1 miles each time, sometimes more. And, I make sure I get in a run on New Year's Day to start off the new year right.

I know I will never be the fastest, but it gives me so much satisfaction when I finish a 5K and can start looking forward to another one!

And, last but not least, my daughter accomplished her goal and ran a 5K for her 32nd birthday!!!! She has been my inspiration!

Sharon Payne

 

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