From 50 to Half Marathon
Running, or in my case sexy pacing, started the spring after my 50th birthday (January Baby). I had just passed a monumental birthday and was feeling stagnant in life. I had seen some incredible life transformations from several friends that took up running and had met Alison Desir several years earlier.
At that time, Alison was scheduled to have her first group run the following week, but I had chickened out and did not show. Fast forward a few years, I gathered up a few of my friends and we stood in front of Harlem Shake waiting for people to arrive, and arrive they did!!!
At 6:55PM, it seemed like the gates opened and runners came from all directions. I had never ran with a group, but with the "Sexy Pacers", I felt so welcomed. Soon after, I was hooked, and ran with the group every Monday into my 51st birthday.
With running, new friends, and positive changes at work, all appeared great in the world. Despite most of my work-related travels falling on a Monday, the HR family had become very important to me and I continued to run in all of their special events: the 1 Miler, Turkey Trot, Holiday Run and my favorite -- helping to bring Harlem Run pop ups to my second home, Detroit!
Now, 52 ... not a great year for me. Keeping it well-hidden from everyone, I had fallen into a negative place. Travel was getting to me, diet was terrible, wine consumption up, sleep patterns off, and I was the heaviest I had been in life.
December 2, 2017 -- the day that changed it all. Sitting in LAX having a cheeseburger, fries and wine before boarding a red-eye back to NYC, I see a drop of blood fall onto my plate. I picked up my napkin and realized that my nosebleed had gotten much worse. I ran out to find a restroom and after about 10 minutes, the sink counter and floor were covered in blood. An incredible man stayed with me, radioed for help, and LAFP paramedics arrived.
On a side note, the man treating me had run the NYC Marathon a few weeks earlier. Me being me bent over and bleeding bragged about the HR cheer station and he remembered us!!!! Now back to my story...
It turns out that my blood pressure had been running at 240/180, which caused my nosebleed to intensify. After an ER visit and talking with doctors, I headed back to NYC with new goals and things to make a priority. New diet, new relaxation methods, brand new outlook on life!
Fast-forward to this past January and I had lost about 10 pounds and had started to get back into regular exercise, but was still feeling nervous about bleeding. I received an invite to a Harlem Run New Years Day Run. I was in -- I needed a safe place with incredibly caring people to elevate my heart rate for the first time. There is no better group than the Harlem Run Leadership. I ran one loop with Raydime along side me. I was OK!!!
Today I am 30 pounds gone and feeling GREAT! Many of you probably don't know me as Monday’s are sometimes difficult for me but I still run at least twice a week. I still consider myself Harlem Run, this group will always continue to be my inspiration. I travel differently now, you can see in the photos I traveled to 6 cities in 4 weeks and ran in everyone! Now here I am creeping in on 54 and I just registered for my 1st half marathon: The Detroit/Canada International Half!
I feel GREAT. Thank you Harlem Run and everyone involved. In the words of Alison Desir I now live by: “take control of your health”.