Sheila H. Mcnair from Jackson, MS (Female)
Occupation: Data Control Clerk
Age on race day: 45 2008 Mississippi Blues Marathon - Jackson, MS
This was my 2nd marathon and I finished in 7:24:43.
Note from Editor: This is an amazing story about someone who completely transformed her body by losing 267 lbs. This was Sheila's 2nd attempt to complete a marathon. Her first attempt was the 2007 Chicago Marathon that was cancelled mid-run due to the heat. To learn more about Sheila and her amazing story, check out this story at ClarionLedger.com.
I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I once weighed 444lbs. After losing 267 lbs I just wanted to see if I could do it. I heard about this group called Marathon Makeover and I decided to participate in their program.
They train people like me to do a marathon/half-marathon. I joined
the group in Jan. 2007 and the rest is history.
When I joined Marathon Makeover I had not run/walked anywhere.
I did workout but I did no running at all. So I got all of my marathon training from Marathon Makeover. The training program lasted 11 months and I averaged about 20 miles per week.
I received a lot of good training advice, but the best advice I received was to make sure you drink a lot of fluids, and after your runs ice down or take a cold bath rather than a hot one.
I was very excited about the race. I wanted to finish so badly
I started off very strong and ended pretty strong also. I was the
last to come in but I finished. Some of the marathon people tried to get
me to quit but I refused to give up. I had to quit in Chicago when they called it off, I was at the 16 mile mark then.
I was not going to be denied this time. In the Mississippi Blues Marathon I had police escort me all the rest of the way from mile 19 to the finish
line -- that was great. They had taken down the finish line by the time I made it but I did not care. I finished and that is all that mattered to
My recovery was pretty rough. I iced down and took a cold bath after the race.