I started running in 2011 after my gastric bypass surgery. I was so obese and taking diabetes medication, I wasn’t able to lose the weight any longer. I had to have the surgery which made me feel so much better about myself. I got out there and started running all the different races in Virginia Beach. I started out with 5k’s, 8k’s, 10k’s, and 14k’s. Then, a friend challenged me to do a half marathon. What!?! Nope, couldn’t possibly do it. Well, I did and I have been doing them for a while now, I am up to 15. I finally did my first full marathon last year. I was through the roof excited. I found out about this awesome store in Virginia Beach. The store is Running Etc. I bought my first pair of running shoes and slowly but surely kept coming back. The most helpful and great advice from people who are runners themselves.