Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chaska Turkey Trot - Photos

Mrs. F


The Riemer Family - After the Race


  1. Fantastic - and well done! Lovely photos too!

  2. What a beautiful family.
    I imagine that it must have been difficult to keep the secret until the end. But worth it!

    Congratulations, you were amazing!

    Although I am not one of the "children", I am very proud of Mr. and Mrs. F.

    Hugs from Brasil, Ana

    Ps: For me it will always be Mr. and Mrs. F. :)

  3. Andrew, I just went to mapmyrun to see what the elevation was of our race.
    The one mile section that we ran on Pioneer (the road we were on until we turned back to run trails through the school) started at a -6% and ended at a 3%. That's an increase of 9% in one mile! That was not an easy run.

  4. You guys are an inspiration! Hearty congratulations on a great goal achieved!

  5. Congratulations on your success!

  6. Thank you! It really was a lot of fun!!

    Fat free me -- I loved surprising the kids :)

    Ana -- Thank you -- having the support online was a huge factor in our pushing on -- on some days. I appreciate you continueing to check on us!

    Amy -- Im humbled by how our journey has brought so many others inspiration.

    Jodi H -- Thank you

  7. I just finished reading about your races as I ran out of time last night. Wow, wow, and wow! It has been so inspiring to read about your endurance and perseverance. Congratulations, "Mr. and Mrs. F", on your accomplishment! What a wonderful family!

  8. I am most impressed that you were able to find the time to workout and keep it a secret with such a large family to care for. You have a wonderful family.

  9. Mare - Thank you! Our family is a lot of fun, crazy but fun!

    Mickey & Minnie -- It has proved to me that anyone can find time to do somthing they find important. For years, I made excuses why I didnt have time or effort to exercise. But the right program and motivation made all the difference and you know, I found that I made time for something I wanted to do.

  10. It has been an amazing journey. We so much appreciate all the support each of you has given!


Curious? Surprised? Have some good tips? Please leave a comment for us here. We especially would love to hear about your successes, or to hear your words of encouragement. Knowing you're out there will help us to keep at it!