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As many of you know, I love, love, love quotes and find that they can better express what I am feeling, thinking, etc. In addition, I tend to use quotes as a source of inspiration and motivation, especially regarding exercise and fitness.
And, I am indelibly grateful to Pinterest for allowing me to keep all of those stirring sentiments in one place. :)
Lately, many of my inspiring fitness quotes have had to do with running. For example:
In my Bible (The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women), Dawn Dais chronicles her training for the Honolulu Marathon with the Train to End Stroke program. She ran because her beloved grandfather suffered a massive stroke, and at one point in the book, she talks about how she was running for him just like he would - if he could - run for her. She also says,
As I sat at the informational meeting and watched three people stand up when they asked if anyone training was a stroke survivor, I realized that there was no turning back. These people have trouble walking; some have partial paralysis of half their bodies. Some of them are here to train to walk a marathon. These people, like my grandfather once did, exert more effort getting dressed in the morning than I, an able-bodied person, do in an entire week. I owe it to them - and to my grandfather, and mostly to myself - to get off my ass and use this body I take for granted. And in doing so, I'll show my admiration and respect for those stroke survivors who are training alongside me.
Like Dawn, I know that I am very blessed to have the abilities that I do, even if those are abilities that I take for granted every single day. And so I run. After all:
When that day comes when I can no longer run, when I can no longer jump, when I can no longer train, when I can no longer walk, I will want to see people running. And I will want to smile because of it.
I came across yet another quote that rang true with me as I was surfing Pinterest for the millionth time:
As many of you know, last winter I decided that I was going to run a marathon. Because (as I have mentioned before) I hated cross country in high school and because the farthest I had run was a 5k, everyone was shocked - myself included.
However, I wholeheartedly believed in the mission and goal of See-Us Run Des Moines, I had seen the amazingly positive effects it had had on the previous year's participants, and I knew my own determination: once I set my mind to something, I will accomplish it (often, regardless of how stupid that may be).
Twenty-six point two miles is, however, daunting. And as our mileage began creeping up and up and up, I continued to doubt my abilities: I can't even run four miles without walking - how am I supposed to run 26.2?! But, I persevered.
And on race day, despite raging tendonitis in my foot and in my hamstring, I ran. While I was physically unable to complete the full marathon due to those injuries, I ran (stupidly) the half marathon.
Because I started that race, I was undoubtedly going to finish. And like John Bingham said, the miracle wasn't that I crossed that finish line, but that I had the courage to take those first steps.
And I am indelibly grateful that I did.