From couch to 5K: Shedding weight, restoring health through running changed my life


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That's Maria Birkett on the right after a June race with friends Diane Gavron, left, and Kristen Ridderikhoff.
 That’s Maria Birkett on the right after a June race with friends Diane Gavron, left, and Kristen Ridderikhoff. / Special to DFP

The 36th Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon will be Sunday morning. In the preceding days, the Free Press will let a few of the participants tell their stories in their words. Today, we hear from Maria Birkett of Madison Heights about her pursuit to get healthier through a special program to help people get from the couch to the starting line. She is the wife of Free Press Lions beat writer Dave Birkett.

In July 2009, I became a first-time mom with the birth of my daughter, Avery. From that moment on, my life completely changed in more ways than I ever imagined.

Having a child meant that my needs no longer could come first. I was consumed, and at times overwhelmed, with the daily routine…

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