As far as I go…I have always wanted to be a runner, but last year I almost gave up that feeling because of health problems. Then Kristi ran her marathon and posted about the experience and her process and thoughts. Because of her, I decided that even if it wasn’t my time- it was still a goal of mine. It is really because of Kristi that I am a runner- that girl is inspiring and after I sent her a letter she sent a reply that was all the motivation I needed.
When I was pregnant with my baby last year, I suffered from facial paralysis, loss of taste and smell, and nerve paralysis in my arms, hands, legs, and feet. Luckily (sort of), the only thing that remained post partum was the nerve paralysis in my extremities. After months and months of tests and scans and doctors with no answers, I was to the point where I either had to keep searching, or come to terms and just adapt my lifestyle to whatever condition this was. It was around this time that Kristi posted about her marathon and I felt so inspired to keep looking and not give up. Last fall, I finally found a doctor that helped me and as soon as I could stand to wear shoes, that day, I went out running and just cried and cried I was so happy.
A couple days ago I posted about why I run- there are so many reasons. I have enjoyed reading the links that others here have left with their thoughts and reasons for hitting the pavement. Running really feels like a gift to me. I may be new to this whole world, I may be a slow runner, but I am a runner and it feels good to say that. Thanks for having me.