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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

So, I’m running again. I got SO discouraged the last time I made a real effort because of the HORRIBLE, PAINFUL, DEBILITATING shin splints that I just… gave up. I felt like I should have just been able to do it. It shouldn’t have to be that hard. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other till you get to the end. It’s not supposed to hurt that bad.

But it did. And when Ben suggested that I get professionally fit for running shoes I threw up my hands and stubbornly refused because NOTHING WAS GOING TO WORK. I HAD ALREADY TRIED ALL THE THINGS.

And so it went for almost a year.

And finally, after watching him train his broken body (back surgery, multiple knee surgeries, people telling him running was out of the question) to a 1/2 marathon, I listened to Ben and went and got professionally fit for running shoes.

And I ran. And my legs were all, YEAH! LET’S DO THIS SOME MORE.

I’m right back where I started, and that does suck, but yesterday I finally restarted Couch to 5K. I’ve listened to Ben and am stretching before and REALLY well after each run. I listened to my sister-in-law Melyssa and am getting over my ego of needing to better my time with each run and am starting out SLOW. But I’m running and my legs feel GREAT. I’m going to punch that 5K right in the face and then I’m just going to keep on running.

4 Comments on “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

  1. Julie
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 10:48 pm (2 years ago)

    yeeeeeeeeess!

  2. Katy
    Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    I’m glad you finally were able to figure out a way to run! That’s really great. I can’t wait to hear how you get on.

  3. Amanda
    Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats! That is AWESOME.

  4. Cori
    Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay, so glad you’ve been able to start running again without having to deal with shin splints. It’s amazing what a great, professionally fitted pair of shoes can do. Can’t wait to read more about your C25K journey!

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