An inspirational journey of 5K’s

Have y’all heard the Derek Mitchell Story?

The Derek Mithell Story

This is Derek Mitchell

At 34, Derek had reached 570 pounds and decided it was time to make a change. Five years prior he had been diagnosed with a prolactinoma, a benign tumor of the pituitary gland that blocks testosterone production and secretes prolactin. It contributed to his weight gain and also prohibited his body from entering puberty.

While Derek now takes medication to shrink the tumor as well as testosterone replacement, he has also made major life changes by developing healthier eating habits but Derek soon realized that diet alone was not going to get him to his goal.

His sister, a marathon runner, inspired him to finish a 5K every month til the end of the year.  He started in March and to date Derek has completed three 5K’s and he has set a new PR every time!

You can read all about Derek here on his facebook page. I am seriously rooting for this guy. And if you are in a position to help, Derek also has a gofundme page to help with his 5K entry fees and medical expenses.

I’d like to show Derek some support from the running community so if you get the chance, visit his facebook page and give him a shout out.

As for running, I’m continuing my streak on the treadmill. With temperatures nearing the mid 90’s and serious humidity, I’d rather deal with the boredom of the treadmill than a heat stroke.

hot weather
And I don’t know if this is the technical term but I think I get heat stupid when it’s so hot. I just can’t focus and I make more mistakes than usual, if that’s even possible.

Case in point, yesterday I almost chucked my car key into Tampa Bay because no matter how hard I tried, I could not open my car door. The stupid button wasn’t working and not even the key itself would work. Thankfully, the actual owner of the car showed up and saved me from having to take an unnecessary swim. It still took me over 15 minutes to locate MY car but hey, at least I’m consistent and staying true to the shit show.

lost keys
So, who has been an inspiration to you lately?
How often do you lose your car keys? How about your car?
Is it hot where you live right now?

8 thoughts on “An inspirational journey of 5K’s

  1. Love that story! So inspiring and I love reading about people who have life changing experience through running because I love running! 🙂
    I used to lose my keys quite often, but about a year ago I added a big teal wristlet thing to my keys and I haven’t lost them since! 🙂 It’s good for when I have to dig for them out of my giant purse too

    • That’s my main problem, my purse is way too large. Of course, if I carried a smaller one, I’d have to carry luggage around to tote all my crap so it’s a moot point I guess… 🙂

  2. Derek lives here in my hometown of Kansas City, so I’ve had the fortune of meeting him at the local races. When he’s not participating in a local race, you can still see him on the sidelines, volunteering, and offering support to the other runners. He’s an extremely nice guy, and is positively overwhelmed by the support he’s received – both here in KC and all over the world. He definitely loves the encouragement on his Facebook page. Thanks for giving him a shout-out!!! 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, thank you so much for commenting. I could tell Derek was a good egg from the get go and it makes my heart swell that people are rallying around him. I am not going to lose sight of him either, I hope to follow him til he reaches his goal! And thank you again Sherri. 🙂

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