CNN PRODUCER NOTE Heathern510 started her weight loss journey in 2012 and by April 2013, the Chesterfield, Virginia, resident had lost 100 pounds after working out at the local YMCA. Heathern510 was asked if she’d be running the Monument Ave. 10K that April and decided to do it, despite never having run in her adult life. “During mile 4, I decided I needed to learn how to really run. Boston happened 2 days later,” she said. “I have made it a habit to live a life of gratitude and service to others. After my weight-loss, I have also become a motivator and inspiration for others. This just felt like the right thing to do.” Since pledging to run for Boston, Heathern510 has run two 5Ks, an 8K and a 10K.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer