I have loved to run and have for as long as I can remember. It’s a huge part of my identity. I don’t have just one reason to run, every day is a new discovery or motivation.
More than once due to chronic injuries, doctors suggested I put my shoes aside and find a new activity. More than once I attempted to follow their prescription, but it did not help me feel better. Running has been a lifeline and each time I let go, I still believed that one day there might be a chance.
After trials and tribulations, I discovered a healthy and balanced way to come back. It involves patience, being kind to myself and doing little things that make a big difference. I know I’m no longer the runner I used to be, but after losing everything it’s truly a gift to lace up running shoes again.
From the quote, “Where there’s a will there’s a way” I learned to believe and not give up. My running time is a fresh start and there is more finisher’s medal to earn.
One of my favorite song lyrics is a reminder that anything is possible,
“Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a ’50-year-old gal and her’ will to survive.
MY HAL IS: Quality time with my family every day, relay style training of running, cycling and strength. Waving hi and smiling at others even if they can’t see it behind a mask. Painting, baking, event t-shirts and sometimes skip down a hall when no one’s looking.