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I Will Run Again: Patience, Perseverance and Inspiration.

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Monday, May 07, 2012



That's me, September 26, 2010, right before I ran in my first 5K. If you want to know more about that day I wrote a blog entitled "What I Learned Going Up the Hill." I was very proud, happy, emotional, yes all of those things, when I crossed the finish line. It was a major accomplishment in my life. I had only began running four months earlier. I was not the quickest and I'll have to tell you my form was not the greatest. Purists shook their heads a bit because I have to run with music in my ears. I can't keep a pace without it, lol. But I did it!!! I ran my very first 5K and I was on top of the world.

A month later I ran in another with my son and new daughter-in-law. You wont see any pictures, lol. That's the race where I tripped on an expansion joint in a bridge and according to witnesses, took an amazing and spectacular fall. In the process I banged my right knee up pretty bad. For the next month, even walking was a challenge for. My skin was scraped pretty bad. My trainer looked at my wound and proclaimed "Now we know you're a runner."

I rebounded, though. In February of 2011 I ran for the third time.



It was thirty seven degrees Fahrenheit at race time and I have never been that cold before or since. I thought of quitting at least a dozen times but I didn't. I made it.

A few months later I injured my back and legs in a fall leaving my back yard. It's been a long road back. I am at the point where I can walk comfortably for a half mile every day. Between us friends, I even jogged about twenty feet the other day. I found out I'm not quite there yet. I became depressed during that period of time. It seemed as if every movement produced pain. Honestly, I just had one huge pity party for myself on a daily basis. "Poor, John!!!!"

Thanks to the inspiration of three Spark friends I crawled out of my pity pot and gave myself a large kick in the posterior for good measure. I don't make it a habit of naming people for two reasons: I might leave someone out and I may embarrass someone. I am going to make an exception here. These are the kind of people you want to hang around with!! These are folks who will lift you up!!!

GIRANIMAL suffers from fibromialga, chronic back pain due to disk issues and a host of food allergies; yet every morning she hops on her bike and pedals through the labyrinth that is Chicago traffic. She does this rain, shine or snow. You never hear her cry or complain. BTW: She has been at her goal weight for some time now.

PRINCESSNURSE was a runner who was exposed to a type of hepatitis virus. Better safe than sorry she went through the painful treatment which produced a lot of nasty side effects. She continued running through the painful treatments. I had a habit of writing peoples names on a sheet of paper when I ran in a 5K. They were the people who for one reason or another weren't physically capable of running. A few months ago PRINCESSNURSE sent me a Goodie. It simply said "I ran with your name in my pocket this weekend." I have to tell you I got really choked up. She's been featured in some publications and has been at goal weight for some time.

MSSUNBUGG lost 145 pounds and developed an exercise program that has led her to participating in triathalons. She has gone through all sorts of physical and emotional challenges but hung in there to reach many of her goals. She has been so very kind to me. She will answer any Spark Mails I send her and you can tell she genuinely cares about other people. She has never given up despite the obstacles in her path. Recently she became a certified life coach.

There are more, many more, that help me make it through the soreness and pain. I'll run again someday. I don't have the date circled on the calender. I know my body will let me know. It will say "It's time John!!!" I'll be ready, through patience, perseverance and the inspiration of folks like you.
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LOGOULD 9/24/2012 9:32PM

    Hey, twenty feet is twenty feet more than last week....you ARE already running again. Just take it slow and don't hurt anything else and you'll be running another 5K before you know it!

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YOBOELI 9/24/2012 8:37AM

    That is the way to be keep going strong and I know that you will get there. Good Luck can't wait to see that you are running again.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/10/2012 1:06PM

    I hope to read that you are running again soon, but if it doesn't happen, you have known the joy of finishing races and the pride that comes with that. Keep your spark burning, and be sure you give yourself enough time to heal!

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BUFFALOKAY 5/17/2012 8:09AM

    Yes, you will run again and I'm hoping it's soon!

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SARAHG831 5/11/2012 2:06PM

    Your determination is refreshing!! Enjoyed reading this, very motivational!

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LANAHAUTH21 5/10/2012 11:51PM

  Thanks for sharing


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MYRRH924 5/10/2012 9:46PM

    This is so inspiring!

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PETESKI24 5/10/2012 9:04PM

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JACEBEL 5/10/2012 6:32PM

    thanks for the inspiration. I do hav some health issues that has haulted my exercise. My sparky friends gives me a push to never giv up. Even though the healing is slow I wont give up.

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MACHOL 5/10/2012 4:46PM

    I'm running my first 5k tomorrow. Reading this has given me a new motivation to finish. I'm not running a race. I'm doing it for me!

I know that you'll "get back on track"!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/10/2012 2:19PM

    You definitely will achieve your goal - but you are doing the right thing in taking it one day at a time and listening to your body!! Well done! I am doing my first race on Sunday so I will run with your name to give me the inspiration I need to keep going! Have a great week!
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LADYVALK 5/10/2012 11:36AM

    Fantastic Blog!

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STACEY1840 5/10/2012 11:36AM

  Love your posts John. Keep on keeping on. :)

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BEACHSANDPIPER 5/10/2012 11:19AM

    Way to go, your story motivates others, too.

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MARGARITTM 5/10/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks for another great blog!

See you at the finish line!

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RETURNTOTHIN 5/10/2012 9:43AM

    You are an example of James when he says, "1:4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing."
Have a good day!
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MELOSPARKLE 5/10/2012 8:57AM

    Awesome blog! You will get there! And it's wonderful to have such supportive friends on SP!!!

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PJ51798 5/10/2012 8:47AM

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HOAGIE22 5/10/2012 8:35AM

  Git Er Dun!!!

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PENOWOK 5/9/2012 9:32PM

    Your day will come again! Meanwhile, you inspire the rest of us!

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MYOWNHERO 5/9/2012 4:34PM

    You will do it!

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AVANDREA_ 5/9/2012 2:59PM

    John, you continue to inspire me, encourage me with your blogs. I am not sure I will ever be able to run a full 5K, but I am able to walk that far on good days, much to my surprise. Walking with friends I started out doing thirty minute walks, and now have been able to walk for over an hour at a time. Long before the end of that 5K I am usually in pain, and hobbling along but determined to finish the walk on my own. A dream I have is to be able to say I have walked the entire Bruce Trail, from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. With all its hills and rocky terrain I know it will likely push my knees well beyond their limits, but like our weight loss, it can be done over time by walking a day at a time, or perhaps a weekend, then rest for a few weeks before tackling the next section. Like you, I have a dream and am working towards it with help from others here.

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PJBONARRIGO 5/9/2012 1:24PM

    You can do it John! You do get by with a little help from your friends. I love the idea of the names in your pocket. I used Edison Pena as a mantra (the miner from Chile). Thinking about him helped me overcome injuries and I managed to jog a 5K again this April. emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/9/2012 3:33AM

  great inspiratio as usual

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CLAYARTIST 5/8/2012 9:59PM

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/8/2012 9:58PM

    With your kind of perseverance you will definitely be running again. I look forward to reading about your progress.

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EEEEELIZABETH 5/8/2012 5:38PM

    GREAT blog post!

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NCSUE0514 5/8/2012 4:05PM

    You can do it!

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GROWNINOP 5/8/2012 3:03PM

  I can truly identify with what your are saying/feeling. I injured my knee last June. I don't know how I did it, but after a month of hobbling around in excrutiating pain I had surgery to repair the damage. I set a goal of walking a 5K within 6 months of my surgery. I am not, and never will be a runner, but after what I had been through being able to walk that far was a big goal. The race was on the beach and that morning it was 32 degrees out. SInce it was a benefit for the Humane Society I was able to walk with my dog. However, when I took my registration packet back to my car he jumped into the car and refused to come back out. I guess he knew better than I what lay ahead of us. When the starting horn blew I immediately knew I had gotten myself in over my head. But with the encouragement of others and my big dog towing my along, I somehow made it over the finish line in less than an hour. What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! If you had asked me three months before that if I thought I could walk a mile, I would have assured you it was not possible. I read lots of your blogs and you are incredibly strong and inspiring. I have no doubt that you will overcome your injuries and be back in the race in no time!

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DEBK0923 5/8/2012 2:30PM

    great blog, thank you for sharing

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FOX8518 5/8/2012 2:05PM

  Great work and very inspirational!

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TERESANAVARRO 5/8/2012 1:40PM

    Thank you for sharing your road back to running. It's important for us to do what we can until we can do more. Thanks for the reminder.
You've made so much progress already and with dedication like that, you'll be running again in no time!

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KWAJPODGE 5/8/2012 1:23PM

    Thank you for sharing. Our journey's are like us - unique. I too am a former runner that is walking her way back to running. Good luck on your journey.

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TERRIJ7 5/8/2012 1:14PM

    John, life is made up of seasons which each hold--and teach--something different. I very much appreciate the candor of your blogs. Just as you have encouraged others, you are now being encouraged--that's what Spark is all about!

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CICELY360 5/8/2012 11:43AM

  Keep on fighting.

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SJKENT1 5/8/2012 9:41AM

    You "Sparked" me today, John. Thank you.

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LDRICHEL 5/8/2012 8:54AM

    Absolutely beautiful and you totally capture the spirit of SparkPeople. The people on this site are what make it so much easier to make this lifestyle chnange. Beautiful.

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HEARTS116 5/8/2012 8:14AM

    You can do it!

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ARTW45 5/8/2012 7:59AM

  I have never been a "runner", but I was able to get on the treadmill and jog/run for 5 miles in an hour 5 days a week at one point. Now after being out of the gym for too many years and a knee surgery that left me with both knees hurting now. I have been back in the gym for a while. I can get up to 3.5 mph for a bit, am able to walk at 3 mph for a while. But my legs, though strong are not wanting to move. Like you I am determined to run, I do not care how long it takes I will not quit, give up, or back down, I will run!

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CHANSEN_20001 5/8/2012 7:33AM

    Don't give up. You can do it!!

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BESSHAILE 5/8/2012 7:09AM

    You WILL run again. I know it.

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MANILUS 5/8/2012 6:57AM

    Your perseverance is admiring, you WILL get there! Keep reaching for the goal!!!

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DONNASUMRALL 5/8/2012 6:13AM

  Thanks for the encouragement. I "used to be" a runner - now I'm trying to make a come-back and it can be hard. Thank you for reminding me my "hard" is easy compared to what some have to overcome each day.
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LYNDALIFE 5/8/2012 6:04AM

    Great article, thanks for the encouragement.

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SUSANK16 5/8/2012 5:48AM

  Stay positive and motivated. Everyday is one step forward

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LYNMEINDERS 5/8/2012 5:36AM

    You must remember too that you are a inspiration to a lot of people.....

I am so pleased that you are seeing that you will run again....your accomplishments are great

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JPEARL127 5/8/2012 5:03AM

  Your story is an inspiration to me, as I am soon to have knee replacement surgery and was wondering about my recovery. You see, I would like to run a 5k race in about a year. My weight goal should nearly be achieved by the time of the race, and I just want to prove that being 65 doesn't have to slow me down, it will give me a new form of keeping fit (I've never done a 5k).

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