At the start of 2017 I found myself badly overweight and as a result of 4 back surgeries over the ten years prior was living with chronic back pain, unable to walk for more than 5-10 minutes or so and definitely unable to run. Running had been something I had enjoyed since childhood and the thought of never running again was killing me. I heard of a friend who through what started out as a bet managed to lose over 50lbs in weight and as a result found respite from back and knee issues. This was enough encouragement for me to start on a journey of weightloss in the hope that I too could get relief from my pain and disability. I began using an app to track my daily nutrition and exercise. Within the first couple of months I saw weight coming off steadily and in turn my back pain was reducing in severity. I went from walking to hiking and pushed myself further each time until late summer 2017 I found myself able to go for short runs. I was elated! Gradually I built up my running alongside an array of newly discovered exercise activities including yoga, boot camp classes, weights, swimming, kickboxing and cycling. Fast forward 1 year and I lost a total of 60lbs in weight and was able to complete a number of 5 mile runs over the winter which gave me an idea....... I wonder if I could run a half marathon... And here I am! I’ll be running the Buffalo half-marathon on May 27. My hope is that folks don’t mind supporting me in this endeavor by helping me raise some cash for my favorite charity The Matt Urban Hope Center who provide critical care to families and individuals in the Buffalo area who have the greatest need and live daily through homelessness and hopelessness. These guys are amazing I know many of the counselors personally and can vouch these are some of the best people in our city. And what of the back pain I hear you ask. Yeah that’s long gone. Not a twinge. Turns out gravity’s a b*tch!