Monday, October 12, 2009

How Running Changed My Life: Molly's Story

Molly is a wife and stay-at-home-mom of two who left the wilds of NYC for the wilds of Central NY. She loves to cook, read, and be outside. She says her day is not complete without some chocolate, or better yet, some white wine. Sounds like Molly and RunnerDude could be good friends! Better yet she's a runner. Here's Molly's story in her own words.

I've always been active, but like most people I caught the running bug during an effort to lose weight. I was out of college, living on my own, homesick, worried about being in the real world. I was really not taking care of myself, I ate too much of the wrong things, and spent the weekends at happy hours and parties.

Finally one New Years Eve I decided to make a change, bought some diet and exercise books, and joined a gym. I started slowly on the treadmill, I wouldn't look at myself in the mirror or talk to others. But I went back every day, and did a bit more each day. I would bargain with myself and challenge myself, by running farther each day, or faster. All through the winter I did it, and by early summer, I lost 12 pounds. It was time for a new challenge, running outside. I did the loop around the neighborhood that I used to walk.
I still remember the day I ran a whole six miles, to the Reservoir and back. I couldn't believe it! I started running six miles a day. I still couldn't believe it! I decided to test myself some more and do a 5k. Then a 10k. This past July I did the Utica Boilermaker 15k run, for the third year in a row! Just last month, I did the unbelievable, I ran my first half marathon Half Marathon!

I love to run. I run because I can. I run for other people who cannot run. I run for the challenge. I run for me. I've got "the marathon" in my sights. I'll get there, someday. —Molly

Thanks Molly for sharing your story!! Be sure to check out Molly's blog—I'm A Sleeper Baker.

13 comments:

Molly said...

thanks Runner Dude!!!! What a great way to start off my week!

Mighty M said...

What a great feature of Molly! I just started reading her own blog too!! ;-)

Two Steps at a Time said...

Hey, I am digging the site, runnerdude. It's just the kind of inspiration my wife and i need as we begin our journey - Thanks!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Molly! You're most certainly welcome! Thanks for sharing you story!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Mighty M! Welcome to the blog! I'm enjoying Molly's blog too!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Two Steps at a Time! Welcome to the blog! Thanks for the kind words about the blog! Keep me posted on your journey!

Zoë said...

The marathon is right around the corner, Molly! Keep up the fantastic work!

And RD, keep up with these awesome stories!

RunnerDude said...

Hey Zoë! Ditto about the marathon Molly! And thanks Zoë!

Molly said...

Thanks for all the marathon encouragement....now I think I'll go for a run!

Lacey Nicole said...

what a great feature-- i love the story and the background. way to stick with it!

I Wonder Wye said...

I used to racewalk competitively -- walked a 10 minute mile, and loved 5 and 10ks. After two brain and one spinal surgeries I had to relearn how to walk and write, and now walk with a cane. I really miss the days of walking and running and playing tennis freely. Enjoy it!

Adam said...

Great story! I love how your distance has progressively gotten longer and longer. before you know it 13.1 will be old hat!

Thomas said...

What I like more than anything else in Molly's story and her blog posts is how she successfully balances her family life, interests and running. Goes to show anyone can have children and still stay physically active and healthy. Great role model for your kids, Molly! :)