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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRNBTL 5/8/2012 4:56AM

  Reminds me to keep a good attitude, Thanks!

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SHOOPETTE 5/8/2012 3:54AM

    inspiration in a pocket!

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NASFKAB 5/8/2012 12:19AM


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CARTOONB 5/7/2012 10:58PM

    You do know that running is hard, right? emoticon

I believe you can will run again.

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SWEDE_SU 5/7/2012 10:18PM


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  Shouldn't this be called "Patience, Perseverance and PERSPIRATION"??! emoticon Good Job emoticon

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    Speedy healing, John. I'll be looking out for the blogs where you share your running adventures again.

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    You are right about Giranimal. She is the greatest. You are on your way back, John. Take it a day at a time.

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GRAMLORI 5/7/2012 6:23PM

    John - You have been an inspiration to me. My goal is to do a triathlon with my oldest son (33 yrs old). I have 18 lbs to lose, then I can get my new knee, then I can start working toward that goal. Right now I am loosely planning on August 2013. Planning for the knee replacement this August. I've never been a runner, but thanks to you and a host of others, that has become my goal. You will make it....and so will I.....and it is very amazing to think of the support we get right here on SparkPeople!
Thanks for another dose of inspiration!

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TEXASFILLY 5/7/2012 6:04PM

    emoticon You are one incredible man! *hugs* Hope your injuries heal 100% so you can keep on a~truckin'~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RSTENNER 5/7/2012 5:40PM


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HDHAWK 5/7/2012 5:14PM

    Spark friends are the best! I remember not many weeks ago when walking wasn't even something you could do without pain. You are making great progress John, even though I know it isn't at the pace you'd like it to be.

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GIRANIMAL 5/7/2012 4:22PM

    Wellllll, shucks. emoticon

I suppose it's true that I try not to gripe or let all this pain stop me, but for the record, your timing's pretty funny since I have been knocked OUT for the past four days with incredibly intense new back pain, finally getting new pain meds (actually for fibro but it finally eased the horrible back pain), and now, reactions to the pain pill and an AWFUL migraine this morning.

But it's true: Even though the docs want me to give up my seriously awesome waterproof backpack, I am already scheming a way to get back to work tomorrow, hopefully on my trusty bike. Because I learned through this journey -- the hard, painful way in the beginning -- that regular activity helps keep all this other junk at bay.

I've never doubted you'll bet back to running! You loved it too much for it to be taken from you/forfeited forever. I loooove the story about PRINCESSNURSE carrying you in her pocket. Can't wait to meet her (when I am less drugged groggy LOL). I have met many great friends here via you, dear John, for whom I am super grateful, since we most certainly are who we hang around with.


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MKPRINCESS007 5/7/2012 3:32PM

    As I have told you before, you are such a gem. I am glad that you found extra support from these friends that you have named. I have read blogs by PRINCESSNURSE during the time you described, and was awed by her tenacity and persistence despite the challenges she was going through.

You are right, John............just keep on keepin' on! One step at a time will lead you where you want to be!

Big hugs to you always,

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_AIYANNA_ 5/7/2012 3:00PM

    Good for you, John! We are all truly blessed to have inspirational people in our lives :)

Take care xxx

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SBNORMAL 5/7/2012 2:31PM

  You and your helpers are great and wonderful. You will be running soon, John. Give your body time!

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CBRIGGS1956 5/7/2012 2:09PM

    John, I always look forward to your post; glad to know you are getting better.

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ANATASHIKI 5/7/2012 2:01PM

    oh I'm sure you will run again emoticon

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TMW54812 5/7/2012 1:30PM

    Since the beginning of this year I have suffered two setbacks with back pain caused by falling on ice. The first one lasted 2 weeks and now I am in my third week of the second time.
As someone who needs to walk/jog 4 miles every day, it has been a real struggle to keep sparking and eating right with exercise. I've regained 7 of the 75 lbs i lost.

Your perseverance motivates me to keep on doing the best I can.

God, grant me patience....right now!!


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DDOORN 5/7/2012 1:15PM

    Our SparkFamily is FILLED with inspiring members such as yourself! I am pleased to know two of the three you've mentioned and totally agree with your thoughts!

Although I don't consider myself a "runner" I joined in with my 2nd 5K yesterday, returning for our annual Binghamton Bridge Run. It was so great to be there with my fellow local Sparkers and oh perhaps a few thousand!


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BLACKROSE_222 5/7/2012 1:15PM

    HORRAY! Thanks for posting, and I'm so happy to hear about your helpers. HUGS.

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EMTFF376 5/7/2012 1:10PM

    We still have a date with the track, you and I! :)

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SPARKENISTA 5/7/2012 12:39PM


Your perseverance is amazing. If this is truly what you want to do, I know you will succeed.


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VICKI-B--56 5/7/2012 12:29PM

  They're a number of sparkers that help keep me movin' on. You're one of them. Thanks John. emoticon

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SHARON-MARIE 5/7/2012 12:09PM

  Beautiful post, {{{John}}},

I need to go wipe my eyes now and wash my face.

You WILL run again!

And what a beautiful tribute to GIRANIMAL, PRINCESSNURSE and MSSUNBUGG!

Be abundantly blessed,

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NEWTINK 5/7/2012 12:01PM

    Yes it is wonderful to have spark friends that have been or at where you are .... They are so many wonderful people here emoticon emoticon

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CICI510 5/7/2012 11:52AM

    What an inspiration post and exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you SO much!!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/7/2012 11:45AM

    John, I'm so happy that you're at a point now where you can WALK a half mile every day; that is such an improvement from where you were! Whether you run, walk, bike, swim, Zumba, dance, or something else, it really doesn't matter as long as you find a way to keep your body moving and getting stronger. Yes, you WILL run again if it's something you want to do; listening to your body and not pushing it beyond where it's ready is how that will happen. That is one of the gifts that running has given me, learning how to listen to my body and find that fine line between pushing myself to do a little more yet not pushing to the point of injury. You inspire so many of us here; keep taking care of yourself and being who you are.

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SANDRALEET 5/7/2012 11:24AM

    Last year I feel down the stairs and this year I tripped while going for a walk and had a bad sprain. Now what it feels like and how frustrating it can be when you are ready to go.

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DOLLIE6 5/7/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks John for sharing.

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LKEITHO 5/7/2012 10:49AM

    This was great to read! All the best on your road back to running.

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JILLKH37 5/7/2012 10:42AM

    Great post and very inspiring. I really needed this today. Thank you!


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OUBACHE 5/7/2012 10:36AM

    Another great and inspiring blog. I only recently ran my first 5K, a cancer walk/run where I also had a tag with "in memory names" listed on it. For the first mile I teared up a couple of times thinking about the people on my list, and also the fact that I was finally working on my goal of completing a 5K. I love the names in the pocket idea, and I have no doubt that you will complete another 5K one day soon with names in your pocket. I like it that a lot of 5Ks are walk/runs so people at every level can participate. Thank you for reminding us all that we all face our own struggles and challenges, but we also face countless opportunities to overcome them.

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DEARTOMYHEART 5/7/2012 10:27AM

  John, You are so inspiring to me. Every challenge you over come, know matter what it will take. You give me a firer to keep fighting through all the things that are plaguing my health and life. Thank you John. Keep on keepen on!! You will run again, I just feel it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/7/2012 10:26AM

    OMG... the names in the pocket! Catch in the throat there. I walked / jogged intervals to complete my second HM yesterday, with my sister in law's name my personal honoree. She has ALS, and cannot walk. The same principle.

You shall... again! Because you have the drive. And I'll expect to read all about it here. It's not easy. It IS worth it.

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/7/2012 10:21AM

    It is so good having friends here who understand and go through some of the same struggles we do and come out the winner. You are truly a winner in my eyes. Thanks for your blog posts. ---Barb

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POINDEXTRA 5/7/2012 10:17AM

    Hi John - though my issues aren't as severe, I'm also working on coming back from injury - and last week I realized I was overdoing it, so I had to really step my exercise intensity back a notch starting today. It's a bummer in some ways, but it's also making me listen to my body. I have no desire to run, but my current goal is (I WILL be able to walk at 2.5 mph again!). It's going to take longer than I thought, though.

I too, find inspiration here on Sparky from those who are in the process of surmounting obstacles much greater than mine. If we perservere while paying attention to what our bodies are trying to tell us, we WILL be able to do it.

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DOODIE59 5/7/2012 10:17AM

    Thank you for reminding us that it takes a community to make a go of it. We're stronger for both getting and receiving support. Good luck to YOU, John:)
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