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Caroline R. Wagner made a vision board of words and pictures that inspire her while training for the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon.


Running to sweet success

By Caroline R. Wagner

1998 was going to be an amazing year. My husband and I were overjoyed to be expecting our first son. As a labor and delivery nurse I thought my pregnancy was going to be a textbook experience because I knew just what to expect.

Coming from a Cuban family, my diet revolved around Cuban bread and butter, snacking on pastel de guava, lots of rice and beans for lunch and dinner, and flan for dessert. At 28 weeks I had my glucose screening. A few days later my doctor called me and gave me the results of my test.

Hearing him say that I had gestational diabetes left me in disbelief. But, I was able to manage my gestational diabetes and delivered a healthy 10 lb. baby boy.

The silver lining was that gestational diabetes was the catalyst for me to take a closer look at my food choices and activity level. After my 40th birthday, I listened to a podcast about a woman with gestational diabetes who lost and maintained weight by running. The next day, I downloaded a couch to 5k podcast and started a walking/running program. Little by little, with a lot of hard work, I lost over 50 lbs.  

In 2016 I decided to take my running to the next level and signed up for my first half marathon. I knew my lack of race experience was going to be a HUGE obstacle and training alone wouldn’t help me reach my goals. So, I incorporated prayer, daily gratefulness and visualization to get me to the finish line. I designed visual boards with pictures and positive captions of the future I wanted to create.

12 weeks later, I was race ready. I woke up at 3 a.m. on a cold and rainy race day. I talked myself out of pre-race jitters by telling myself “this rookie is ready” and repeating a mantra: “My race, my pace.”

Much of the race was a rainy blur. 10 miles in, I asked myself, “Why did I sign up for this?” Then, I received a text from my husband telling me he was at the finish line with our kids and how proud he was of me. I looked down at my wet shoes and pushed forward. My family cheered when they saw me, and my daughter jumped over the barricade to cross the finish line with me!

The experience was so rewarding that I knew I would race again.

Now, I’m training to run the half at the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon. In addition to using my visualization boards for inspiration, I’m focusing on the many lives Novo Nordisk changes daily. I’m grateful to be able to add another race medal to my collection of running “bling”, and to know that I’m living healthy.  


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Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.
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Wow! Great job Caroline. You will rock the NNI Marathon.
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Congrats on all of your accomplishments! We are very lucky to have you at NNI and I look forward to hearing about all the accomplishments you will have in the future.
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Great story! Thanks for sharing. You are amazing. GO GIRL!
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Such an awesome story, Caroline! Your dedication to making lifestyle changes inspires me:-)
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Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration. I love that you used so many tools to get you to your goal and it was not just the physical training. You will do great in the NJ 1/2 marathon.
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You have so much grit! Thank you for sharing.
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Glad to be in your company!!!
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I am so proud of you!! Thank you for sharing your success story. Keep up the good work.
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Great attitude and outlook, Caroline! Thank you for sharing your story.
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