Saturday, February 14, 2009

"A second Life"

I am eating my Oatmeal and then I am going to shower up and pack and get on the road. We have a 3 1/2 hr drive a head of us today. My cold seems to have calmed down a bit. On Thursday I ran 3 miles and got super dizzy and started to doubt myself. So when I was feeling better yesterday, I ran 5 miles and found myself feeling awesome. Let's hope my Roctane really is magic. ;)

I read a story in the March issue of Runners World. It is called "A second life" and if you haven't yet read it, you need to. It is about a NYC firefighter who had tried so hard to qualify for Boston. He did, {3:13} and just weeks before his training was to begin for that race, he was crushed by a 14 ton bus. His story is amazing and the trials and anguish he went through. He has a rod in his left leg from his hip to his ankle. Can you imagine? He woke up one day and decided he wanted/needed to be an athlete again. So he gave himself 9 months to get himself ready for the 2008 NYC marathon. He basically had to learn to walk again and then he was able to work on running, which was really a shuffle. He finished the marathon, who cares what his time was. I was very inspired by his story and cried A LOT. I hope I think of Matt's story as I am out running tomorrow, and hope it will carry me through my 26.2 miles.

Good luck to everyone else who is racing this weekend.

RUN FAR!

18 comments:

Missy said...

OH, good luck, luck, luck. Yeah, those kind of stories wreck me and make me feel like a total wimp:)

Marlene said...

Wow, sounds like quite a story. I'm going to look it up.

Have a safe trip!

Kandice said...

Good Luck! Have fun, I will be thinking of you.

FLYERS26 said...

That was a great story.
Stories like that really make me think how lucky I am to be able to run.

kristen said...

Thank you for telling me to read that story. I often get so wrapped up in my own woes that I constantly need to put things in perspective.

Good luck tomorow girl.

Diana said...

I did read that story, it was very inspiring. I hope enjoy your marathon and I'm sure you'll do well. After all, we never give ourselves any other option!

Melanie said...

that was an amazing story. Good luck and have fun! :)

Feener said...

i know matt - amazing story. good luck. i think you might be following my blog tuesdays at the library but my main blog is mommyvents....

Marci said...

Amazing story. I hope you have a great run Janice, and enjoy your road trip!!

Kristi said...

Good luck Janice, I will be thinking of you all day! Make sure Greg keeps me updated!

aron said...

good luck and have fun!!!

Dustie said...

Best of Luck!! U will rock it - can't wait to hear about it!!

Denise said...

Human determination is amazing. I watched a show last weekend about a runner who had his foot amputated after an injury and continued to run marathons. Crazy.

Run Mommy said...

I read that article too. The thing I really liked about it is that they didn't portray him as a superhero because he also had down times (much was written about how he pushed people out of his life and got angry with people during his runs). His accomplishment is astounding and it nice to know he is still human. Great story.

RunnerMom said...

I was also inspired by that story. It gave me hope that I can finish a marathon if someone whose body had to be basically rebuilt after such a horrible accident.

I said a prayer for you today!

I hope it went well.

Tri-ing Fat Man said...

That was a great article.

Feel better!

RooBabs said...

Sounds like a great story- I'm sure I'll read it eventually, but I'm still finishing my Feb RW, LOL.

I love things like that, because it really puts my own running issues into perspective. It really helps me to appreciate my body, and my health, and not to whine so much about the "tough" runs.

Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

Yes, I read it. Gives me goose bumps thinking about it.