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Heather did it! Her first 5K run

Heather Denney, first 5k run

Do you have a goal you really want to accomplish, a dream in your heart? You can do it!  At the beginning of this year, our oldest daughter Heather was determined to lose weight and to run a 5K race. Today she did it! 

Using the book, The Belly Fat Cure (a diet which eliminates white sugar and reduces carbs) and joining and teaching a zumba aerobics class, she has lost weight in 9 months, going from a size 14 to now a size 8!  And today she ran her first 5K run!  I am SO proud of her!

The 5K run/walk today was at the Kansas City Royals stadium and raised awareness for autism. About 1400 people participated: little 5-year-old kids, teens, men, women, senior citizens, handicapped, all backgrounds and races. The enthusiasm was contagious. I was touched by how many people came out so early in the morning for this cause.  There are many runs and walks each month for great causes that you can be a part of, either through running, walking, volunteering, or giving financial support.

The runners were supported all the way to the finish line,¬†which was¬†inside the stadium at third base. ¬†Yes, I “mom” was there, cheering Heather on to the finish line,¬†shouting, “Go, Heather!”¬† ūüôā¬†¬†A team of friends from her church was there, running too.

At one point during the run, Heather wanted to quit. She thought that she was almost to the end of the race, and then realized coming around a bend that she still had a ways to go. But she pushed herself, and ran the entire race, not stopping once. She even beat her own fastest time in training by 4 minutes!

Heather had a big smile on her face after the run from her accomplishment. It hasn’t been easy this year for her¬†to get to this point, but ¬†hurray, she did it!

It’s on my bucket list to do a 5K run WITH Heather before the end of this year!¬† I pray I can do it, losing weight too, with God’s help and my family’s support and encouragement. I need prayers for consistency and self-discipline, so please pray for me!¬†¬†

After the run as Heather and I got into the car to go home, we both had a great laugh over a postcard advertisement placed on her car window, which had a picture of a pig on it and the words, “Run your pork butt off!”¬† It is the Royal Rib 5K Run on October 2, at the American Royal.¬† I have¬†put it on my fridge for humorous motivation!

What goal have you set that you want to do this year?

What’s your stopping point?¬† What obstacles are hindering you from reaching your goals and dreams in your heart?¬†¬†Remember, you can do it with God’s help and determination!

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2, NKJV)

Here are videos of today’s run.

Vlog of Heather’s first 5K


Vlog of military band playing national anthem

Vlog of Heather & friends lining up for the run

Vlog of the runners starting the 5K run/walk

Vlog of Heather going toward finish line

Vlog of Heather right after her run

Vlog of food and water for runners

Fountains at Kansas City Royals Stadium



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  • Reply Heather September 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Great vids…thx for being my cheerleader, mom! It really meant a lot to me. ūüėÄ That’s cool that you got me all the way to the finish line and you could see me w/ my hands in the air and the announcer said “finish it strong or w/e, heather”! COOL!!!

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