This week’s runner is a girl who has an incredible story of inspiration. In 2006, she topped the scales at a depressing 320 lbs. With this weight came a flood of health problems: knee pain, trouble breathing, and cirrhosis to the liver. With her back against the wall, she sought help from a nutritionist and began making major changes to her health. As of 2013, she’s dropped 170 lbs. eating a plant-based diet. She has also developed a passion for running. You can find her on her blog, Girl in Half, where she shares her story in hopes of inspiring others to make healthy changes in their lives.
Where do you live?
What made you decide to start running?
I wanted to find a way to exercise that didn’t involve a gym.
Is there anything that sets you apart from other runners?
I guess that I’m not a natural runner and have had to work hard from where I started being able to run for 1 minute at a time to now when I can run for 8 miles!
What keeps you motivated?
I always set a goal for myself for each workout. It might be a distance or level of intensity or number of reps.
Do you have a favorite race length?
If you could run with anyone (living/dead), who would it be?
I’m a big women’s basketball fan so I’d want to run with legendary coach Geno Auriemma and some of my favorite players like Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Shea Ralph.
What is your all-time favorite race? Why?
I still feel very new at this so I don’t have one! My favorite run of all time was this summer when I was on vacation in St. Petersburg, FL and spent an hour running around the city taking pictures and enjoying the weather.
Do you have a favorite pre-race food?
Dates! I always eat a date or two before a run.
Immediately after I love a good banana. After long runs I make a big smoothie bowl topped with granola and fresh fruit.
What piece of running gear could you not possibly live without?
My compression shorts.
What do you tell yourself when you are struggling?
That I can do it. I have lost 170 pounds and know that every step forward I take is a step away from being overweight.
Do you have any current goals? Races?
The OUC Half Marathon on December 7th.
What advice would you give to someone who’s new to running?
Start slow and don’t be ashamed to walk and jog on and off.
Where can we find your blog?
Girl in Half
I titled this blog “Girl in Half” because I’ve lost over half of my body weight.
Where can people find you on social media?
Connect with Carrie today and show her your running love!
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