Kalamazoo Marathon Miracle- One Woman Drops 50 Pounds One Step at a Time
Sue Connolly had a life-changing experience when her family became concerned about her health. She got on the treadmill and persistence paid off.
People don't have to ask Sue, "What's new?" they can see that something is different; she is clearly not the woman she used to be. Impacted by a doctor's visit where her physician pronounced her "obese" and considered writing a prescription for heart medication, Sue got on the treadmill and got moving.
Her first 5k race led to a 10k and her first half-marathon. A year later Sue will run back-to-back halves, taking the Midwest Half & Half Challenge running 13.1 miles in Indianapolis on May 5 and then the Borgess Run for the Health of It Kalamazoo Marathon the next day. A legal assistant by day, Sue doesn't claim to have any superpowers, she just got moving and stuck with a plan.
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
Kalamazoo is a very robust running community and we have many miles of paved paths to run on in the city and even more trails in the woods at places like Fort Custer Recreation Area. When I hear stories like Sue shedding 50 pounds it is proven to me again that all you have to do is be persistent. You don't have to run 13 miles the first time out, you don't have to run fast- you don't even have to run, just move. A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.
As it turns out, you might even have a good time! Sue says, "once you get started and you get involved in it, you just get hooked!" Sue also added, "Credit goes to my amazing husband, John and children, William and Elizabeth – without their love and support I would not be where I am today."
As inspirational as it is, Sue's story is not unique. I have met many other people with the same story- it is, in fact, my story. It can be yours too.