Category Archives: Success Stories

Success Stories: Mark Rucker

At Bluefin, nothing makes us happier than hearing from folks who have had success with our programs.  Our users have accomplished some amazing stuff and we’re always honored and humbled any time we hear that one of our apps had played a part in helping someone get healthy or take their running to the next level. Continue reading

NYCRun2Remember (Spotlight: Kendra Arnold)

We love to hear about people who are using our apps to make their fitness goals a reality.

The stories people share with us run the gambit from motivational, to inspiring, to genuinely touching.  Kendra Arnold certainly touches on all three.

Last year, Kendra found herself facing some hard realities.  As she worked to come to grips with her father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, she also realized that she herself wasn’t as healthy as she could be.  She began the Couch to 5K program and used running as a way to improve the health of both her body and mind.

She shares her story here.  It’s definitely worth a read.

From 5K Newbie to Marathon Man: Guest Post by Zach Sharp

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, you guys really take it all the way.  Zach Sharp started off using his phone to guide him through training for his first 5K and ended up working his way through one Bluefin app after another, upping his distance from 5K to 10K to a half marathon to the full 26.2.  We’re blown away and hope his story can be an inspiration to everyone who reads this.  Zach’s story is below.    

Most of my life I had been an active, outdoors type of person.  I graduated high school in okay shape. Continue reading

Guest Post: Shawn’s Ironman by Matthew Murphy

Editor’s Note: Matthew Murphy recently contacted us to share his remarkable story.  A self-described “overweight couch potato,” Matthew had no idea the inspiration that would come with the birth of his first child.  When unforeseen medical challenges in his son turned the young family upside down, Matthew was motivated — first to get fit and then to start raising money to help diagnose and treat his son and kids like him.  Read on for the whole story, which continues on Matthew’s own blog (link below). Continue reading

Mark Rucker: Success Story

On July 4th, I ran a 5K.

For many people that is really no big deal. But for me, it was an achievement beyond compare and was the culmination of several months of hard work and dedication.

In February of this year, I weighed in at 365 pounds. Over the past 17 years since graduating from law school I had managed to slowly pack on 160 pounds through bad eating habits and lack of exercise. Yes. I said 160 pounds. Although I was 6’2” the weight was beginning to take its toll on me physically and mentally. I had developed sleep apnea, had high blood pressure (Stage II Hypertension), and was borderline diabetic. At the age of 42 I knew that if I didn’t do something to change my life then I would most likely not live to see 50 years. The knowledge of that fact depressed me beyond belief. So on February 7th, I decided that it was time to make a change. Continue reading

Success Story: Jo

Everyone loves a success story. They motivate and inspire us to push through those difficult days during our training. I know it helps me get my butt in gear. That’s why whenever we hear of a success story we are eager to share it with our readers.

A few days ago we got a support email that began like this:

This isn’t really a support email, it is a huge thank you email. Attached are my before and after pics!

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Success story: an interview with Conan

I am happy to present a new motivating and inspiring interview from one of our Bluefine app users. Conan had emailed us last week with his emotional testimonial of how the app has changed his life for the better. His fitness level has improved as well as his marriage.

After reading his email I had to respond with gratitude for sharing with me his good news. I couldn’t resist asking Conan to share his story so he graciously volunteered. Our hopes are that through our growing community of runners we can help motivate and influence each other through fitness and health awareness. By sharing our experiences with each other we can learn from our mistakes as well as our successes.

Conan has also been posting his progress on his blog where you can visit and perhaps encourage him on his fitness journey. Continue reading