I'm Meredith and this will be my first ever marathon! I am not the smallest girl or the fastest but I still run because I love it and it keeps me healthy. Growing up I was always overweight and I assumed that there was nothing I could do to change it. In the last two years I realized the only thing you can do is get moving and try and find something you love. For me, that is running.
I had this gym teacher when I was in high school who used to torture me because I couldn't run a mile. She would single me out and make me repeat the mile "run" over and over until I could barely breathe. As I ran (or let's be real, mostly walked) around the high school track, all I could think was "I'll never be able to run a mile." Honestly, I still believed that until recently. Last year I decided to start running even if only for minute long intervals. When I started I was the heaviest person on the lakefront path and even running a minute was torture. I stuck with it thought and eventually I was able to gain some distance. I can still remember the feeling when my running app told me I had reached a mile and had run the whole thing.
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