"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." -- Bill Gates
For two years I traded in racing bibs for hospital wrist bands. It was two years of MRIs, blood test, ultrasounds and doctor's visits. I didn't give up on my running goals or my dreams but my body temporarily gave up on me. I pushed through 67 marathons with low ferritin for years, I struggled with the occasional running tweaks from plantar issues to uncooperative IT Bands, I balanced multiple jobs with my training while earning three degrees with little to no energy. These are things we can balance in our lives and overcome. However, sometimes life hits us so hard we have no choice but to take a step back. That is precisely what happened to me from 2012-2014. Unknowingly I had a fast growing tumor and cancer simultaneously.
During those moments over the last couple of years when I was uncertain if I faced death, chemo, or never running again I never questioned God. I never lost my faith. Did I miss running? You bet I did. I was a little lost to be honest. For years, I never trained for marathons because I never had the energy to do it right. Instead, I opted for a fun approach to the sport and set goals that seemed attainable for my ability and health issues. I missed the fun races, the friends I had met during my 50sub4 journey around the US and the traveling through runcations. Surgery not only saved my life but it gave me a chance to be able to not only run but to train harder and more efficiently. It also made me stronger mentally.
|Age group award at the Braves Country 5k|
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be great, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? Nelson Mandela once said, Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others will not feel small around you. We are all meant to shine. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us; it's in everyone. As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears our presence automatically liberates others.This my friends, is why I share my passion of running and why I coach- to inspire, to encourage, to liberate others from their fears and to teach that humble beginnings can have happy endings.
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