Not a whole lot happens before I’ve had my morning workout, coffee, and breakfast. But now that I’ve officially punished myself and my legs, drank my office’s supply of coffee, and put a serious dent in my newest almond butter jar, I feel ready to talk about one of my nuttiest impulse buys of all time.
A couple months ago during a particularly rough day at work and life, I mindlessly scrolled through Twitter waiting for the end of the day to show its face.
“2016 Marathon registration is now open.” @runDisney
You have my attention, Twitters.
Ever since I was diagnosed with Dystonia, race announcements felt like stabs in the gut. I read them, then tried to forget them. Biking is fun and all, and I have the best guy around to push a pedal with, but there’s nothing better than training and running and racing.
That day as I stood at my desk feeling defeated but weirdly motivated, I pulled out my credit card and paid more for a road race than that month’s groceries.
I did it. I signed up for the Walt Disney World Marathon–a race or even a distance I never believed I’d run while battling Dystonia. My hands tingled. It was the first day I felt like I needed to take a shot in the middle of the day.
A little later I hobbled out for a run, giving this whole thing a good and long think. Then I posted about it.
I meant every word of this, too. I have two legs, a healthy pair of lungs, and a heart that hasn’t given up on me yet. And although these legs don’t work properly at the moment, some people’s legs don’t work at all. So I’ll run for them.
This journey will be long, and it’ll be painful and emotional, but I’ll get there. Because when you’re 16 or so miles deep, you don’t have a choice of whether or not you’re going to finish unless you surrender and cash in some pride along the way. And to tell you the truth, I get emotional when I think about crossing that finish line. Chills, weepy, the whole bit. I can’t wait.
My sister made me promise not to complain during training, so hopefully any belly-aching won’t make its way here. All bets are off for Facebook, Twitter and Insta, though ;))))
What have I gotten myself into?