Courage to Start

I’ve never been seriously injured before, never broken a bone or had a major surgery. So, the neck injury I have been enduring over the past week is a completely new experience for me. I’ve always been able to pick up and go running whenever I wanted. I could run as fast or as slow as I pleased.

That has all changed. I am on strong meds twice a day to take away the pain from my neck. The medicine makes me nauseous and tired. This has taken my desire to run and train for my marathon to a new low. I’m a week behind in my training, but am somehow still determined to get out and run.

Each day I somehow muster the motivation and courage to drag my butt outside and run just a few miles. A few days ago I stumbled across a saying that really motivated me. Here it is:

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

That saying struck a chord in my heart. I have no idea how I am going to train for this marathon with my neck injury. The only thing I do know is that IT WILL NOT STOP ME FROM RUNNING. My only plan as of right now is to get outside and put one foot in front of the other. I will run as far as I can-which will probably be only a few miles. Guess it’s better than nothing.

This injury is teaching me a lot of about determination and perseverance. I’m trying to muster up as much determination as possible. I’m tired, a little nauseous and my neck is killing me. But, that is NOT going to keep me from my running goals.

I have faith that if I keep running and just don’t give up my injury will go away and I will be able to run my marathon this spring.

The biggest lesson I am learning as a twenty-something in 2013, is determination. Has there been a time in your life that required a great amount of determination just to get through the day? How do you motivate yourself to accomplish your goals even when things are tough?

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