Running Through It: Rhonda and Parkinson's Disease
Story courtesy of AnotherMotherRunner.com Run Though It
Rhonda with middle son Zach, a former Marine, who encouraged his mom to return to running. (PS Love the runner tan lines!)
Rhonda at the 2017 Hachie marathon, in Waxahachie, Texas
Rhonda Foulds, now 55, posts avidly about her journey. She’s up to 80 marathons, as well as one 50-miler and several 50Ks. Her three sons are grown and served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. She has run the Boston Marathon five times, qualifying in the mobility-impaired division (which requires a 6-hour marathon finish).
Quite honestly—and yes, I know this is shallow—her photos caught my eye because, well, SHE LOOKS FANTASTIC!
In six months, Rhonda has lost 50 pounds. Impressive!
“I decided in December that I was sick of being ‘fat,’” she says. “I was going to try to get the weight off not to look better but to feel better.”
Last week she ran a 5K in 31 minutes, or five to eight minutes faster than usual.
Rhonda has run Boston five times in the mobility-impaired division. She aims to qualify as an age-grouper.
“Pretty much I’ve got Parkinson’s under control,” she says. “Things change day to day so you never know, but I’ve got it pretty sewn up right now.”
“If you say you can’t, you can’t. If you say you can, you probably can! If you tell yourself, ‘I’m going to go out there and do it,’ you have a much better chance than if you didn’t try at all.”