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Shane Beam – KBVCM Rookie Applicant

by Jess Cover on January 25, 2014 · 18 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2014)

I ran cross country in high school. I wasn’t any good at it (ran to get in shape for basketball), by any stretch of the imagination. College came and went, but the pounds came with it- ‘Freshman 15′? I put that on…almost every semester. April 2012 I weighed 380 pounds. At last check I was 200 pounds. I have entered my results to Beachbody and even won a ‘Daily Prize’ for my weight loss story.

Unfortunately, I’ve hit that ‘wall’. I need something to reach my ultimate goal- 175 pounds, over 200 pounds lost. I’ve transformed my life, and I think running a marathon will continue to do that. Less than 2 years ago I could barely walk a mile in 20 minutes…now I’m registered to run 26.2. Wow.

I’ve run a few 5K’s since I started my journey, even ran a half-marathon last April (so in 1 year I went from walking a mile at best, to running 13.1)- I finished something like 180/800 people. My time was just under 1:47…not too bad. At this point, I need to have that extra thing to push me- I really think training for a marathon would do just that.

I’m active with social media, to an extent (who isn’t nowadays!?). I have a degree in communications, so theoretically I know how to functionally communicate with others. I’ve been told I’m funny…by others, not just myself, I promise :-) I often get mistaken for Matt Damon…lucky him, right? I would love to do this blog, so please choose me!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff Altman January 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm


I’m so impressed! I’m also running my first marathon at Burlington in May, but your devotion and drive should motivate anybody.


2 Suzie January 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Shane, you inspire others everyday! Thank you for being such a positive influence to so many kids everyday!

3 Caitlin H January 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I can’t believe how much you have accomplished in such a short amount of time. It’s incredible how much hard work you have done…wish I had that motivation! Keep up the good work!

4 Becca H January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I met Shane several years ago through mutual friends. He was an absolute sweetheart, hilarious, the life of the party, and, to be frank, was also a very large large individual. During a party, he slipped, fell to the floor, and decided to stay there for the rest of the night. He was slumped up against the wall and didn’t move for hours – three years later and now he doesn’t stop moving.

I’ve had the privilege of watching Shane transform. I’ve followed his adventures through both Facebook and Instagram. His posts were so inspiring he helped me quit soda without even knowing it. Every time he posted how long it had been since his last Mt. Dew, it gave me hope. He was also one of the people who inspired me to start running. I figured if he could do it, I could do it too. I’ve read all of his posts from when he was struggling through a 5k to powering through half marathons. He is always running, writing and motivating. He has an addictive positive outlook and oozes determination.

Way to be, Shane. You’re amazing!!!

5 Lisa Beam January 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I am so proud of the journey you have taken to turn your life into such a positive roll model for anyone or anything that you touch. I have seen you at your worst And am very Proud to see you strive at everything in your life.
There are Mountains and you have managed to plow through instead of going around them. Your the best at whatever you do.
A saying you nanny used to say ( Postman Postman Don’t be Slow be like Shane Micheal & Go Man Go..)
You can do anything you set you mind to. Just DIG DEEPER

6 Dylan F. January 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I’m rooting for you brother, great progress. Keep up the good work!!!

7 Gabe S January 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Very Proud to call you one of my Sons. You make your mom and I very proud.

8 Ali January 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Thank you for sharing your story and for all that you do every day. You enrich the lives of our youth and instill both internal and external motivations that push everyone that you come in contact with to strive to do better!

9 Chelsea January 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I love this !!! And cannot think of a more deserving person.. Your motivation will inspire countless individuals!! … Including me :)

10 Lisa C January 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

for as long as I have known you , you always knew what you wanted and gone for it keep up the great work so proud of you!! You got this!

11 Rae January 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

This is awesome! You got this Shane!! Keep up the great work :)

12 shirley January 29, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I am proud of you and believe that any one can do anything the set their mind to if they try. you have done a great job so far with your goals/challenges so hopefully you can do this . good luck

13 shirley January 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm


14 Tessa January 30, 2014 at 7:04 am

Go Get Em! Idk much about you, but I do know everyone has a story and yours is incredible! Oh and you like ball, so its a must for me to support you haha.

15 mama_T January 30, 2014 at 7:08 am

You have come so far and its just the beginning. I look forward to watching you cross that finish line and doing great things in life. You got this :)

16 ashley gaucher January 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

Keep up the great work Shane you are doing amazing. :-)

17 Leah January 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

Shane, you’re such an inspiration! Go get ‘em!

18 Penny Hebert January 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Keep up the great work and you will get to your goal! Good luck on the marathon. :)

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