A torn Achilles tendon. That’s basically where the story begins for Runspirational.com. The short story is I didn’t care to run, especially really long distances, until after I tore my Achilles tendon in two places. That was rock bottom for me. I felt horrible from not even walking for a couple of months. I was completely out of shape, in terrible health. No movement at all can make your body feel extremely terrible.
On my 34th birthday, I was far enough along in my rehab that I was allowed to finally run. I remember thinking to myself, if I can run 5 or 10 minutes that will be huge. I ended up going for 20 minutes on the treadmill. It was a birthday gift from my mind. It served as my first Runspirational moment.
After that, I decided I needed something to train for. I found an 8K, the Ashenfelter Classic, that was close to home. The race was on Thanksgiving morning. It also happened to be one year exactly since my Achilles surgery. I thought, it’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to do this. I’m going to work hard, train my body and mind, and I’m going to finish this race. I did and I beat my goals.
There is more to the story, but the biggest thing what running has taught me and made me better. Since that first race, I have gone on to challenge myself more. I decided to train for a half marathon and now have run over 10 in three states and even one in Ireland. I ended up running my first marathon, the NYC Marathon in 2018. It is easily one of the top athletic moments of my life. Through my running journey, there have been many moments that have made me pivot and that’s ok. From back surgery, to the birth of my son and second daughter, to coaching, the passing of my dad and father-in-law, to COVID, running has been an area of inspiration. You can read up on it in the About Me section.
Hopefully, if nothing else, this website will be a part of your Runspirational journey. Just know, I’m rooting for you.Loading Likes...