IT Finally Happened!

What " IT " am I talking about? I've often talked about wanting to be part of the pack .  For the longest time, I thought I ...

What "IT" am I talking about?

I've often talked about wanting to be part of the pack.  For the longest time, I thought I was relegated to the elliptical, unable to put foot to ground because of my bad back. But then the craziest thing happened:  I ignored the doctors and listened to my heart and mind.  I asked myself "but what if I can?" And an amazing thing happened:  not only could I, but it didn't kill me. I was fairly good at it. The last time I had raced (10k) was before my injury, and that was at an average of 13:42/mile.  Many years and injuries later, as well as a spinal surgery, I was expecting 15-minute miles and ended up between 10 and 11 minutes. 

On Tuesday, I woke up in the morning, fed the monsters (as well as myself), got myself dressed, and gave Spike his insulin.  I set out for a run.  I have been using different variations of the same route because I like the slight uphill/downhill and I know that the ground is fairly level.  But I really go for the view.

As I'm rounding 2.5 miles, I see the first other early-morning runner passing me.  
I nod. 
She nods back.

IT happened.

With the simple return of a nod, I felt like one of the pack. A subtle shift in my little heart, in my mind, towards knowing that I'm not approximating running:  I am running.  I may not hold any world records, but I am doing something that doctors didn't think I'd ever be able to do.

In a world where people are looking for "FitSpo" (fitness inspiration), I hope this inspires you to fight for yourself, to listen to your body, and improve upon what you did yesterday.  It may not be a photo of a half-naked female fitness model with a pithy quotation superimposed on it, but I want to leave you with this thought: 

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  1. That's good stuff right there! So glad you were able to get out there and are feeling GOOD!

  2. DAMN RIGHT!!!! You go. So proud of you, and glad to see you're proud of yourself!

  3. <3 Thanks all...
    I'm seriously feeling all warm and fuzzy.

  4. You know what's amazing about this is the fact that I've been trying to get outside and walk more (hard to run at 450 pounds) and I was out of breath on my way back home from my 3mile trek and saw a lady in fitness gear just trucking along passing me and disappearing into the distance, I knew in my heart that one day I will be able to keep up or pass her. Thanks for this post. ^_^

  5. Josh -- you know, I got chills reading that... I'm so glad that you're allowing your heart and mind to steer your body. I'm super proud of you!

  6. Fantastic! I remember the first time a "real" runner acknowledge me. It really is euphoric! Congratulations.

  7. Kari -- just a really great reminder that you never know who or how you're going to influence someone.

  8. Wow girl that is really amazing! I'm so impressed with your determination & will & desire to do this! Good for you, keep up the excellent work, you're an inspiration to many people!

  9. SWEET! what a great feeling :) love you and love your determination, when it's loud and roaring but also when it's quiet. xxxxx

  10. So awesome to hear! Happy for you!


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