Introducing Color Runner Hero Maddie Lauver! Maddie has had an amazing two-year journey — but she hasn’t stopped yet! Read her story and be inspired!
by Maddie Lauver
Hi! My name is Maddie. I am 25 and from just outside of Philadelphia. I decided to make a complete life change in April 2015 when I walked in The Color Run. I felt incredibly uncomfortable because I had reached a weight on the scale I had never seen before. A few months later I had finally had enough and started my weight loss journey. I started cooking for myself instead of going out to eat or ordering takeout. Being able to control what went into my meals helped me have better control on my eating habits.
After getting a handle on my eating habits, I made the decision to join a gym. I started small with group fitness classes and then fell in love with the elliptical. It is still my workout of choice when I go to the gym. In December 2016 I decided to make an Instagram (@ww_chefmaddie) dedicated to my weight loss journey. This was a way for me to stay accountable to my eating and fitness goals, and brought a sense of community and support to my journey.
Over the next few months I steadily lost weight and continued improving my fitness level. In April 2016 I ran my first 5K and completed in 40 minutes. I hadn’t done any training, but I set the goal for myself and was so proud that I was able to complete it! In June 2016 after losing around 80 lbs, I started running outside. I went from going to the gym 3-4 times a week to running outside 5 times a week. I fell in love with running and decided I would sign up for the The Color Run in September. I completed the whole 5K in under 30 minutes!
Since then I have completed another 5K and just finished the Blue Cross Broad Street Run (a 10-mile race) in 2 hours! I have lost 127 lbs and am almost at my goal weight! I am so motivated by the support system I have built on Instagram. The people who look up to me always makes me want to do my best! I am so grateful for all the people who have stuck with me through the ups and downs of my journey, and I push hard every day to make them proud of my accomplishments!
I had never considered myself to be a “runner” before this journey because I had bad knees and ankles, but turns out that losing a bunch of weight can really help improve your overall health! It was hard for me to get started but so worth the effort it took to build up my strength and endurance. I love running now and I would definitely consider myself to be a “runner!” I have signed up for The Color Run Philadelphia in June and a half marathon in September. I hope to one day complete a full marathon!