Posted June 27, 2012
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham (running speaker and writer)
When I was sick and bedridden with Lyme and Lyme symptoms I could only dream of running. Day after lengthy day would pass, me just lying there. But then one day I had the courage to do 5 leg lifts, even though I was still in bed. And another day I walked all the way around the outside of my house. A few days later I got onto the elliptical for 2 minutes, really, just 2 minutes. I thought that was wonderful!
Tonight I competed in the Santa Barbara summer racing series, (as I do now every Wednesday night during the summer)… on the beach, running up a steep hill, watching the sailboats race on the horizon next to me, my strong legs carrying me through balmy Santa Barbara sea breezes to the finish line which I cross with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. I couldn’t walk and now I run.
It’s the courage to start that counts, even if it’s just 2 minutes on an elliptical. Where you finish might amaze you.