Audry Conkling, 58

My name is Audry Conkling. I am 58 years old. I am a runner. This hasn't always been the case however. March 12, 2012 was the beginning of a whole new life for me. I was more than 100 pounds overweight.  My doctor said if I didn't get the extra weight off, he would probably be treating me for type II Diabetes, since it runs very prevalent in my family. He told me to get on a healthy eating plan (I chose Weight Watchers) and to get moving even if it was only for 10 minutes at a time, and build from there. So the work began. It was slow going at first but I didn't give up. As I got stronger and had lost some weight, my daughter (she's a runner too) started to coach me. She said she wanted me to run a 5K with her the following April. That sounded absolutely impossible to me, but I said I would work toward it. She said I should do speed intervals and run at an incline. I was still walking at that point but I did as she suggested and added to it each week. Before too long, I was actually jogging. The pounds began to melt off as I continued to add to my routine.

Then I was running. Long story short, by April 6, 2013, I was down 110 pounds and ran my first 5K with my daughter. I placed 2nd in my age/gender division. I ran another one in 3 weeks with my daughter and 2 granddaughters to support their school. I placed 2nd again. I lost another 10 pounds in the weeks following and I am still running and maintaining my weight. I feel amazing and my doctors are thrilled.

I love following Runner Girl on Facebook. It is a real encouragement to we runners. Thanks for letting me tell my story.