This is an email from Brittany:
"Starting December 2014, my aunt, cousin, sister, and I decided to run a 5k each month for a year. We all started off not being able to run half a mile. My first 5k took over 46 minutes! But now, we have accomplished our goal, and we just can't stop! We are still running a 5k each month because we just LOVE it. We still aren't very fast (we call ourselves Team Tortoise), but we are improving!
On Saturday I hit two big milestones! First, I PR'd (not counting the virtual 5k I did on the track) with a time of 30:38! Hopefully, I'll be in the sub-30 category next month!
Also, I hit 149 pounds, so, according to my BMI, I am NO LONGER OVERWEIGHT! I still have 14 pounds to get to my goal weight, but this was a huge deal for me! (I have lost 57 pounds total).
I just want to thank you again for your blog and your running plan! I had done C25K too many times, and it was so discouraging. My mom, grandmother, and three of my aunts have had gastric bypass surgery and I thought that I was on my way to having to do the same. Seeing that you were able to do it on your own really encouraged me, and now I even have people asking ME for tips. HOW WEIRD!
Here is a picture of us from the Jester Jog 5k. It was done on the city's Mardi Gras parade route, so lots of spectators! We are from Louisiana, if you didn't already guess :)
I am the one in the middle, #121."
And here is a submission from Julie Anna:
"I actually was on a Motivational Monday post was back in 2013 (Motivational Monday #14!) with my mom after running our first 10K. Well, this past Sunday, I ran my first half marathon in Tallahassee, Florida! It was the hilliest course I have ever encountered and made for a very tough 13.1 miles. My grandmother passed away last month after a 7 year battle with COPD, so my mom sewed me a heart out of my grandmother's favorite pajamas to wear on my bib (see picture). Every time I wanted to stop, I'd just put my hand on that heart and keep running."
A huge congratulations to Brittany and Julie Anna!