Bright Marie Loves Running and Smiling!
In January of 2011 I loss my beloved mother to a rare form of cancer, Angio Sarcoma of the scalp and breast cancer. Prior to my mother’s passing, she asked me to promise to get rid of all my old clothes and to keep off the weight I had loss. My weight had bounced back and forth with the highest being 200 lbs.
After my mother’s passing I continued to keep a smile on my face but, I was deeply hurting. I missed her terribly. I was in a car accident shortly after her passing and was unable to participate in the aerobic classes I loved. In July of 2011, I was scrolling through our local news paper and notice a listing with local run groups. One caught my eye and it was Black Girls Run. Once I was cleared from physical therapy I decided to join one of the local runs to help me cope with the loss of my mother. Immediately after hitting the pavement I was super excited. I felt a strong connection to my mother and I felt free.
In March of 2012, I ran my first race, Cooper River Bridge!!! I was immediately hooked!! With my mom in my heart and my Angel Wings I felt unstoppable!!!
In May of 2012, I ran my first half marathon Divas Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC and in November of 2012, I ran my first full marathon, City of Oaks.
To date I have ran, 44 half marathons, 14 marathons, the 19-mile Idiots run, 1 women’s only triathlon, 1 50 K, the Blue Ridge 200-mile relay, Rugged Maniac, several Mud Runs and Sunset Ragnar. My favorite race is the Marine Corps Marathon, which I have completed 5 times. My favorite distance is 13.1.
I enjoy getting up at least 3-4 times per week hitting the pavement with my Run Family. Monday through Friday I’m generally running 5 miles with the 4:30 am crew and a long run on Saturday or Sunday. I also love Zumba, Body Combat, Burn Bootcamp and Body Pump. Variety keeps me going. Proud to say at 50 years young this is the best I can ever remember feeling. #thankful
When Yolanda asked me to participate, I immediately went to her blog. I second guessed if I was worthy to be in the number with so many amazing accomplished athletes. Then I thought absolutely!!!! It doesn’t matter how many races we have ran or our pace. If we have inspired just one person, we are winning!!!! Special shout and thank you to anyone who has supported me in anyway. Praying God will continue to bless me with many more miles to come.
- Bright Marie