Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Part 1

Congrats to all the Boston Marathon Finishers!
I will have that feeling of crossing that epic finish line one day.

On Sunday I did cross an epic finish line for me. Why was it so epic?

In almost four years of running/racing, I had never DNF'd (Did Not Finish) a race until I signed up for The Biggest Loser Half Marathon last year in Mobile AL. I remember not feeling real well that morning, my hip was on fire, and my mind was out of it. I lined up at the start line with my best friend Melanie and knew it was not going to be pretty. I was right, at mile 2 I dropped out and did the walk of shame back to the Finish line. Not only had I felt like I had just gave up but it was in my home town and I literally felt like a BIG LOSER. OH WELL, right? We just have to keep our head up and keep going. SOOOOOOOOO when I heard that the Biggest Loser was coming back to Mobile, I was SUPER excited for a little vengeance on that half marathon.

This was my weekend with The Biggest Loser...

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Saturday I headed down to the Holiday Inn in downtown Mobile with one of my great friends Marjorie, who is opening up the FLEET FEET running specialty store here in June. Super excited! I was there to help her set up for the expo...

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She also had her friends Helena and Elisa of  www.healblade.com there to help out. Loved these ladies. Also LOVED the Heal Blade....

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More on the Hb soon. Stay Tuned!

They had a couple speakers talking at the expo including my girl Gina McDonald from Season 14 and J.J O'Malley of Season 16 pictured here with the Savvy Biggest Loser group from Pensacola Florida...

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Packet pick up was super easy and very organized. You picked up your bib number and grabbed your tech shirt and they put it all in a really cute pull string bag...

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The expo was small but a lot of fun. It included local businesses Run-N-Tri, Fit Plus Wear compression pants, medal engraving and stickers, and of course Fleet Feet. One Fit Mobile was also represented well by Amber and I had the pleasure of talking at the expo about the mission of One Fit Mobile...

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It was great that One Fit Mobile partnered up with The Biggest Loser Run/Walk. Mobile needs this race.

Speaking of race, let me tell you about race day now and why it was epic for me...

On Sunday, I drove to the Civic Center in downtown Mobile around 7 am. The half marathon started at 7:30 and the 5k at 8. When I walked into the start line festival I noticed my Fat To Fit Radio Show co host Cindy Lane Ross of Bodies by Cindy leading the prerace stretch dance party.

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It was finally 7:30 start time and they had previous contestant Dan Evans sing the National Anthem. And then it was time to get this 13.1 rolling...

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I'll have the complete race recap up for you guys tomorrow, stay tuned...


  1. Jen Rawson @ Pretty Little GruApril 21, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    I'm excited for the recap! I can already tell it will be epic. ;) Redemption runs are always good because your'e out there to prove yourself so you work your butt off.

  2. redemption!! i can't wait to hear all about it :)

  3. Oh come on you've left me hanging! Can't wait to hear more.

  4. What is a heel blade??? I will have to check it out. Glad you got the opportunity for redemption, can't wait to read the recap.

  5. Glad that you had the opportunity to redeem yourself! Can't wait to read the recap.

  6. Marjorie RockwellApril 21, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Awesome Larisa! and congrats! Thank you for helping out with Fleet Feet on Saturday! You are the best!

  7. Marjorie Gombert RockwellApril 21, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Awesome Larisa! and congrats! Thank you for helping out with Fleet Feet on Saturday! You are the best!

  8. I have a friend who has done a few of these...loves the support!

  9. I'm hoping a BL race will come to Cincinnati soon. On my to-run list :)

  10. Oh I hope this race went better for you - so great you got the chance to run again!!

  11. I'm doing a Biggest Loser race this year too! In August one week before my first 10K, Can't wait to hear how it went!

  12. Can't wait to read part 2! Redemption is a great feeling.

  13. I am so curious now to hear more about the Healblade! Looking forward to reading all about the race!

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