Aug 312010

I never thought I would be doing something like this.

I never thought I’d lose the weight.

I never thought I’d be “skinny.”

I never thought I would become a Runner.

I never thought I COULD run a race like Hood To Coast.

Remember how I said I was an emotional wreck after Leg 24? That I was sad and lonely and feeling overwhelmed with my emotions? Those were some of the thoughts I had been having. And those were the thoughts I had while I was running my last Leg–Leg 36.

I left off my story with reaching the Boardwalk at Seaside. One mile left. I could see the tips of the tents on the beach ahead of me. I knew the finish was close. I wasn’t going to cry. I was going to smile and be happy when I crossed that damn finish line!

I wasn’t just overwhelmed with negative emotions–I was MORE overwhelmed with the positive emotions! The: “I DID IT!” and “I RAN HOOD TO COAST!” I was sooo proud that I’d come as far as I had! And I did NOT WALK!

I kept running down the boardwalk, the tents getting bigger and closer. Other people who’d already crossed the finish line were telling me “Good job” and “Keep going, you’re almost there!” I felt so determined! Sort of like that scene in a horror movie where the heroine of the story (bloodied and crippled) drags her body across the floor to shoot the psycho killer. I’m freakin’ DOING this!

I got to the finish area. My feet hit the sand and the last few feet I was limping, stumbling, dragging myself across the sand to the staging area. My team number was announced and the rest of my team appeared next to me. The loudspeakers blared our team name ALL 12 of us CROSSED THE FINISH LINE together!

Right before I was crossing the Finish Line, I saw Michael immediately! My heart soared! He made it! He was here at the finish line!!! I was so happy! Tired, sore, in pain, but HAPPY!

Leg 36 Stats:

Time: 59:48

Distance: 5.23 miles

Pace: 11’43

Calories Burned: 622


Our Rank: #927

Pull It Together Team #210

Total team Time: 31:32:02

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

  22 Responses to “Crossing the Finish Line”

  1. GREAT JOB! That is quite the accomplishment 🙂

  2. Wow–this post really moved me. I know how huge it is for me that I did this, and to read what it means for you is really inspiring.

    • Thanks Bruce! I know everyone’s journey is different and for me I had a lot of emotions surrounding finishing. I’m happy to have met you guys! It was an amazing experience.

  3. You are amazing! I have really enjoyed reading about your experience with Hood to Coast. Congratulations!

  4. Awesome Job, you accomplished what few will and have! I am proud of you, as I’m sure all your readers, friends, and family are!

  5. Yay Lisa!!!!! I’m so proud of you!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

  6. Congrats!!! Awesome Job!!! I am so happy for you!! What an accomplishment.

  7. OMG – I totally cried reading this!!!! Good for you! You really pulled yourself through the most difficult part. I’m so glad you could take pride in you accomplishments!

    • Thanks Tiff! Trust me–it took all my power not to cry as I crossed the finish line. I waited until I got home and then cried like a baby. 🙂 Of course Michael teased me, too.

  8. Reading through your hood 2 coast experience has been really really really motivating. You did such a good job of conveying your emotions, I felt like I was there with you. When I finally got to the end of this post and watched the video, I had tears in my eyes. I know we’ve never met, but I feel so close to you and proud of you! I am so happy for you Lisa. I bet it felt incredible. Job well done. Thank you for the inspiration, you are amazing.

  9. WooooooHooooooo! That was awesome!!! Know how inspirational you are!

  10. Really just incredible! Thanks so so so much for sharing your journey 🙂

  11. […] sleepy and ready to be home. I took one of the best showers of my life, second only to the post-Hood to Coast shower–slathered on some Biofreeze and put on my compression tights while I relaxed. I felt […]

  12. […] the challenges I can do. I train and do things like the Portland Century, the Salem Metric Century, Hood to Coast and even simply going for long hikes. I get to do fun activities that I couldn’t do 100 […]

  13. […] are so good. Oh, and speaking of runners…I became one! I ran a 5k, an 8k and then 15 miles in the Hood to Coast Relay Race. I biked 55 miles in Reach the Beach, 72 miles in the Portland Century and will be doing a full […]

  14. Thank You for sharing your Hood To Coast story. I had tears streaming down my face when I finished reading.
    This blog has been a wonderful source of support and I truly appreciate reading about your journey.

  15. […] ran the Gabriel Park 5k, in 35 minutes. It was the first race I’d run in a LONG time (I think Hood to Coast was the last running race I’d done) and I’d spent most of the spring and summer […]

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