COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Among the thousands of people who will run the Cap City Quarter and Half Marathon Saturday is a woman who two years ago weighed 100 pounds more than she does now.
“As I got closer to 40 I thought, I just can’t live like this,” said Bridget Norris.
Bridget Norris, once 256 pounds, could barely run two minutes at a time.
“I had gotten lazy in life and was really inactive. Could not keep up with my daughter,” said Norris.
Norris, having just had a miscarriage, went to the doctor and was told she needed to take her health seriously if she wanted to be around to see her daughter grow up.
That’s when she knew she had to make a change.
“I started working out on my little walks and little workouts with weights in the morning in August 2016.”
She pushed herself a little harder every day. doing it for her daughter Celeste and husband Ron.
“At first it was difficult,” she said. “I would do a mile and then I would wimp out. My back would hurt, my legs would hurt, my knees would hurt.”
But with perseverance and determination, the weight started falling off. Norris, once over 200 pounds, now weighs in under 140.
“I think a lot of women will beat themselves up and it’s all about the number on the scale and it is a lot more than that. It’s about being healthy and believing in yourself,” she said.
And because of that she’s determined to cross the finish line on race day.
“I just want to cross the finish line and be able to say I did it,” said Norris.