October 20, 2020

Jesus Take The Heels

(Franklin, GA) — After being overweight and out of shape for most of his life a local man took a big step and decided to get fit.

Now just over two years later he is taking an even bigger step by attempting his first marathon this weekend in Savannah — and he will be doing so in honor of his father and to help raise money to cure blood cancer.

Ben Brown will attempt his first marathon this Saturday in Savannah

Ben Brown says the road has not been an easy one and although the race will be extremely difficult he’s not going to give up until he crosses that finish line.

“My entire life I’ve been overweight.  I was well over 200 pounds in high school. I could pretend I don’t know why, but I do,” says Brown.

“I ate bad foods, I snacked whenever I could and I avoided exercise/movement like it was the plague. I was never athletic. I was always afraid to try and thought it would be better to just avoid the embarrassment that would come along with working out. That’s how I spent most of my life.”

Brown has finally found success and much more having lost over 100 pounds during the last two plus years and going from a mostly sedentary lifestyle to an extremely active one.

He says when he first started running he could barely run at all yet now he is attempting to complete his first 26.2 mile race at the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in Savannah this Saturday.

“I couldn’t run 20 feet, so I started walking. It was July in Georgia. The temperature was in the mid 90’s and the humidity was near 100%. I was miserable. I hated every step. My legs hurt. My body ached. Worst of all, I felt horrible about myself,” Brown says.

“I would leave my office at the same time as 15 other people.  I would return alone. They would finish their runs 50 minutes before I did. The only thing I could do was keep going. Every time I saw that reflection looking back I knew I had to keep going.”

He says his faith and prayer were paramount to making that next step to running and his extreme weight loss.

“Eventually, I tried to start running. It was tough, but here’s where I found the thing that made the difference. I started praying while I ran. I used my time on the track as time to get back to God. I thanked him for everything I had. I thanked him for my supportive wife who put up with all my craziness. I asked him to be with my family to keep them safe. I asked him to forgive me and help me forgive myself for any mistakes I made. I asked him to make me a better husband and a better father. Lastly, I asked him to help me run those last few feet.”

Brown will be running Saturday’s race in honor of his father, Mr. Raymond Brown, a Leukemia survivor born and raised right here in Heard County.

“The second part of my marathon story has to do with my father. My family has been here for many generations. The road I live on is even named after our family,” adds Ben Brown.

“About 15 years ago, my father was diagnosed with Leukemia. Through many different treatments and hospital stays and thanks to a bone marrow transplant, he eventually beat Leukemia and is now a survivor. To further challenge myself and to honor my father’s battle with cancer, I signed up to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and run the Savannah marathon.”

To learn more about Ben Brown’s weight loss and fitness journey visit his blog at www.jesustaketheheels.com.

To make a donation to his blood cancer fundraiser page and read more about his father visit pages.teamintraining.org/ga/rnrsav17/beardedben.

Ben Brown (R) with his father Raymond Brown

Comments

  1. Donna Waugh says

    God bless you, prayers for your success as you continue your journey

  2. Suellen Cofield says

    As I read your story I began to think this sounds just like what I went through starting December 25, 1015 and through the entire year of 2016. This was me during this time. I also read the entire bible in 2016 using my mobile bible app.
    These are your words but if you ask anyone what I said or done during my runs they would sassy this:

    I started praying while I ran. I used my time on the track as time to get back to God. I thanked him for everything I had. I thanked him for my supportive husband who put up with all my craziness. I asked him to be with my family to keep them safe. I asked him to forgive me and help me forgive myself for any mistakes I made. I asked him to make me a better wife and a better mother. Lastly, I asked him to help me run those last few feet.”

    Thanks for sharing your story because no matter where you are or what your going through PRAYER changes everything!!!! It makes the impossible possible…

    Congratulations & GOD luck 😉

  3. Congratulations Ben! Your story inspires me

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