I've come to realize that god does answer our prayers and although we sometimes don't have all answers immediately to the why? or why me? thoughts, I realize that in time all things do become clear if you maintain the faith. I truly believe god has plan for all of us. In my situation, I feel that I have been blessed with the physical gifts and given a 2nd chance to share those gifts and inspire others to live a healthy life.
|Team Blaze IM CDA 2011|
Did I feel I'd be running again? Most definitely, however I had no idea I'd be able to run at the level I use to run. I had prepared myself and learned through this process to appreciate the opportunity to just be active again. As I've spent the last 9 weeks specifically training for the Portland Marathon on Oct. 9th it has brought me back to where this fitness journey began in 1998. At that time I was probably in the worst shape of my life as I had gained 40 lbs since swimming in college and even though I didn't realize it at the time I was already following the words of Ironheart Racing Team and "Racing for my life!"
During the last 9 weeks I've realized just how resilient the body can be with consistent and specific training. As I began training in July, although I'd just completed the IM CDA my fitness was no where near where it use to be. At this time I came to the realization that I needed to focus on where I was going and not where I had been. As a lifelong athlete and someone that has always been very competitive (especially with myself) this was difficult to do. The training has reinforced to me how truly blessed I am as I'm now running times and distances in training that I ran before heart surgery!
|Reece & I at Chelan Tri 2011|
|Nine months after heart surgery!|
Remember to enjoy the journey and live an inspired life!
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