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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Biggest Loser Marathon Episode

First off, for those of you who watch The Biggest Loser and haven't seen this week's episode (May 5th), don't read anymore, there are major spoilers ahead.

For those of you who don't watch The Biggest Loser, meet Ron.  Ron and his two sons, Mike and Max, are extremely obese.  Ron and Mike enter The Biggest Loser: Couples and have made it to the second to the last episode.  Ron  has lost a total of 151 pounds in 18 weeks.  Mike (age 18) has lost 174 pounds in 18 weeks.  Max isn't on the show, but has appeared in several episodes, usually upset about his own weight since now he is the big one of the family.  Max has been heartbreaking to watch.

I don't love Ron.  He has done some dirty and underhanded things, and hasn't made himself all that likeable on the show.  That being said, he started out at 420+ pounds and HAD to lose the weight.  He had a lot of work ahead of him.  Yet, he always seems to stop short of success.   On many (most?) challenges, he stops.  He doesn't follow through, he gives up.  He stopped running the half marathon a few weeks ago after only a few miles.  He has been below the yellow line (for those who don't watch, that means in danger of going home) over and over and over again, but gets saved every single time.  But, he loves his son, that much is true, and he has truly shown how important it is for Mike to lose weight.

Last night, though.  If you're not a Biggest Loser fan, I'm telling you, this was the episode to watch.  After the Dane Marathon Debacle earlier in the season, they decided to have the remaining four contestants run a marathon as the challenge this week.  They had 26 days to prepare to run 26.2 miles.  It was facinating.

Tara and Helen both did great.  Tara had a time that Todd would have been proud of, Helen beat my best time (hence, there is NO REASON why I can't get a sub-6.  Come on, people!).  Mike was forced to walk due to injury and ended up finishing in the 8-hour range.  Max joined him for part of it, and that was so nice.

The kicker though, the AMAZING AMAZING part of this episode, was Ron.  Ron, who has backed out of so many challenges  this year, decided to do this thing.  He walked from the start.  He started having problems as early as mile 5.  Todd and I didn't believe he would finish.  At mile 15 or so, he stopped at a medical tent.  He was shaking and his blood pressure was elevated.  They took his vitals, called the doctor, and told him he was going to have to go to the hospital.  But, the doctor cleared him to keep going.  And he did.  He walked.  Other biggest loser finalists from past seasons joined him along the course.  Bob and Jillian joined him.  It got dark.  At some point towards the end, Tara, Helen and Mike joined him.  As he approached the finish line, Max walked in the rest with him. 

It was amazing.

His time was 13 hours.

This guy, who we've watched stop trying over and over again, walked 26.2 miles in 13 hours.  And he made me proud to be a marathoner.  Great job, Ron.

See a slideshow of the marathon.  I'll post a video when they release it.

1 comment:

trialsoftraining said...

this really was Such an inspiring episode. a little unrealistic, but hey they workout like all freakin day anyway right? why not tackle a marathon!? :) Ha, crazy crazyy and I love it! can't wait for the Finale next week!!!

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