Introducing Megan Cox

Megan Cox at the Baltimore Marathon

We’re going to be doing things a little differently with the blog section of HalfMarathons.Net. Though posts have admittedly been few here, we’re going to be introducing some new writers to tell their stories of training, running, racing and achieving their goals.

The first of these writers is Megan Cox, someone whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know recently. She’s a novelist from the Oklahoma City area, and has quite a story to tell about having a baby and getting back in shape to run a half marathon, which she’ll do later this year.

Here’s Megan in her own words, on where she’s been and what she’ll write about:

“I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Megan Cox, and I’m a new blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. For the next few months, I’ll be telling you about my journey from being super pregnant and having a baby just two weeks ago to running my first race in four years this December, the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon.

I promise to chat about other stuff as well—things that affect runners at all different stages, such as getting back in shape after taking time off from running, fitting running schedules into work schedules (because a paying job is still necessary, right?), and trying awesome workouts that I find in a variety of places—the web, magazines, etc. In addition, I’ll be sharing tips from experts, including personal trainers, competitive runners, and even psychologists, on how we can all overcome the challenges in our lives to train for the ultimate racing experience—the half marathon.
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Ben Does Life: Losing 120 pounds, gaining so much more

Forgive me if I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I came across a story in this month’s Runner’s World magazine that struck me as one of the most inspiring personal stories I’ve ever read.

It’s all about Ben Davis, a 25-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., who after a lifetime of overeating — and dieting, exercising and losing weight, then putting it all back on again — decided once and for all to save his own life and commit to exercising and eating right as a way of life. It all started when his grandmother, over Christmas break three years ago, asked him a simple question: “Are you happy?”

Insisting that he was — but, at 360 pounds, knowing of course he wasn’t — Davis set about to change his life, and ever since then he’s been changing many others by sharing his story at the blog he set up shortly after that holiday, BenDoesLife.com.

Don’t miss his YouTube video, the one that’s been featured in the December edition of RW and highlighted by running greats Adam and Kara Goucher and actress Alyssa Milano on their Twitter and Facebook posts. It’s truly inspiring:

For more, check out the article in Runner’s World or read Ben’s blog.