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    Posted November 22, 2013 by
    Chesterfield, Virginia
    Related to: Why we're running for Boston
    iReporters share stories with CNN's John Sutter about why they're pledging to run marathons and other races in response to the Boston bombings.
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    2015 Boston Marathon

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    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

    Since I pledge to run for Boston, I have completed two 5K's and an 8K with another 5K coming up. I'm not a distant runner and I am not a racer. I am a Finisher. I just run until I get to cross the finish line. Along the way I have had some pretty incredible people help me when it was hard, I've coaxed others to the finish line, inspired many with my continuing weight-loss and made some fantastic friends. The running community is one of the most supportive, non-judgmental and uplifting I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of!!
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