I'd look at my out-of-shape overweight body in the mirror and be so depressed that only some ice cream seemed to cheer me up. I had at least 70 pounds to lose and, since I was only 5-foot-1, it really showed up!!!
So I did that for weeks until I finally had it with myself and stuck with it all day! I ran three miles very slowly, ate a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner, and went to bed feeling great and having some confidence that I hadn't felt in years! That pushed me to do it again the next day, and then the next, and the next. Before I knew it, I had lost some weight and realized in the process I fell in love with running!
And then I tried four miles. I ran a 5k. I ran without feeling like I was dying! I set my goals high. I signed up for the original Cohick half marathon and DID it!
Oprah ran a marathon and that inspired me. I NEVER thought I could run one, but I always wanted to. So I signed up for St. Louis. My goal was around 4 hours and I got 4:04. I was pumped!
I called all my friends to say that I did it, but would never do another one. And, with this Bass Pro Marathon, it makes a lucky 13 marathons I’ve done.
I’m in MUCH better shape than I’ve been in most of my life! I love a challenge. I love pushing myself. I know if I can lose 70 pounds, I can run 26.2 miles. The satisfaction I feel crossing that finish line is worth all the hard work and pain I go through!Editor's Note: Melissa plans to run during the upcoming Bass Pro Conservation Marathon weekend. KY3 is asking for your fitness stories. If you have one, send it to us at email@example.com.