Dennis Crowne - Upper Darby, PA
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Dennis Crowne - Upper Darby, PA

Dennis Crowne - Upper Darby, PA

The following is my story, and "I'm sticking to it."

In January 2002, I went to the doctor's office with a bad cold (bronchitis). My blood pressure was 220/140. After resting a short time it did not come down so the doctor sent me to the hospital where I stayed for five days. I wasn't worried about dying but I was embarrassed at the condition I was in. I weighed 370 pounds. At 46 years old it had been awhile since my playground basketball and flag football days.

The doctor wanted me to schedule a treadmill stress test for six weeks after I got out of the hospital. I knew I would be humiliated if I didn't try to get myself in better shape. So my first goal was to do everything I could to get in better shape for the stress test.

I started walking and then a little jogging, when nobody was around. I did pretty well on the treadmill test. I was happy with myself and thought maybe I could do a 5K. So my next goal was a 5K race.

By July 2002 I had lost 100 pounds and felt great. The day of my first race, after registering I asked one of the race volunteers where the start of the race was, he said the one mile fun run starts over there. I guess I can't blame him, I was still 270 pounds. I finished the 5K race in less than 40 minutes and felt fantastic. My next goal was a 5 miler in November.

By November I weighed 240 pounds and the 5 miler went well. In May 2003, at 220 pounds, I ran a 10 mile race. Two weeks later I signed up for a six month marathon training program.

Less than 2 years after being in the hospital, in November 2003, I finished the Philadelphia Marathon.

In 2004 I ran two marathons: Steamtown and Philadelphia. In 2005, I ran three marathons: Delaware, Steamtown and Philadelphia. This year (2006), I've run Delaware and plan on running Marine Corps and Philadelphia. The first marathon took me 5 hours twenty minutes; the others were in the 4 hours 40 to 50 minute range.

Joining a couple running clubs has made running fun. I do trail runs, track workouts and long distance relays with the club.

Also my three daughters have joined me running marathons. One has run two (Philly '04 and New York '05), another ran Philadelphia '04 and the other scheduled to run the Marine Corps with me in October.

Running has changed my life and I love it.

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