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Meet Tammy, A Runner Who Ran Away from a Morbidly Obese Label

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I have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with Tammy on multiple occasions since she filled out our Personal Footwear Recommendation Service form a few months ago.  Tammy's story is so inspiring that I asked her if I could share some of it with all of you.  Enjoy!

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1.  How'd you get into running?

I had been overweight all of my adult life.  The doctors labeled my weight as "morbidly obese" which is a really frightening term.  I found myself pretty depressed in June of 2012.  I came to realize that of all the many things that were making me sad, I only had control over one of those things.  My health.  I rolled my big sad body out of bed Monday morning, 6/11/12, and went to the gym and walked on the treadmill.  I did that pretty much daily for several months.  On 4/21/13, I tried to run on the treadmill.  I went to the gym early in the morning when I knew nobody would be there.  I had lost about 75 pounds by that point and was feeling pretty good about myself, but I didn't want anyone to see me run.  Anyway, I ran for a whole minute.  Even though I felt like I could die during those 60 seconds, it was very exciting and I was hooked.  There was a sense of pride in myself that I hadn't felt before.  

I've come a long way since that first one minute run back in April 2013 when I almost died.  It would be cool to run a marathon one day.  I'm only a few pounds away from being half of myself.  My doctor was thrilled to take the morbidly obese label off my charts.  Yay me! 

2. What are your current running goals or motivators?

I still want to lose more weight, so one of my main motivators right now is to burn calories.  A goal in the back of my mind would be to experience a race one day.  It freaks me out because they all seem so crowded.  Kind of like a herd of cattle.  I may bite the bullet and sign up for a 5K.  We'll see. 

Another motivating factor for me is the high I get from my run.  

3. What advice would you give other runners about how to create an optimal running experience?

Just run.  Just get out there and do it.  You know you'll feel great afterwards.  I feel so fortunate and grateful to be able to run.  Not everyone can.  Run for them.  Some of my runs are better than others depending on whether I was a good girl and got adequate rest.  I also think surrounding yourself with positive people in your life is so important.  All that positive goodness can lead to all runs being optimal......and a pretty awesome life.

Tammy runs in the Altra Intuition 1.5 and the Merrell Road Dash Glove 2.  

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About Jennifer Laughter - Jennifer is the Engagement Manager for OptimalRun.com.  She is committed to a health and wellness centered lifestyle and enjoys sharing her passion with others



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