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Chronic Inspiration

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I found out something today that really surprises me. I had always thought that marathon runners are the picture of health. I run with a woman, not every week but from time to time, who has been a runner for more than 40 years. She is very pleasant, encouraging, fun to run with, and just a couple months younger than I am. Last year she even won an age group medal in a half marathon. She not only runs half marathons, but she runs full marathons, 26.2 miles, several times a year.

Today I found out that she is dealing with a serious chronic intestinal issue that has even caused her to be hospitalized quite a few times. I was totally surprised, but even more impressed with her determination and athletic accomplishments. She made it very clear that she considers running part of her treatment. She is an inspiration for sure!!

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JOYINKY 10/21/2013 9:32AM


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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2013 8:05AM

    It's amazing indeed what people can do and keep on doing . . . .

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SMITTY4RL 10/21/2013 7:11AM

    It's pretty amazing what folks can do, isn't it? I'm reminded of a few war veterans who have returned home without limbs, yet are running and walking--very determined to not let it stand in their way. Great inspiration, just like your lady!

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_LINDA 10/21/2013 1:54AM

    Great inspiration for sure!! Nothing worse than GI troubles on a long course with no access to rest rooms :( People with chronic conditions do have to push past it when ever possible. In the end it can only benefit and make you feel better and be stronger. So glad you get to enjoy runs with her!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2013 11:46PM

    You are an inspiration yourself!

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BLUENOSE63 10/20/2013 11:39PM

  I find people like that very inspirational!

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/20/2013 10:46PM

    Very nice attitude that is the key for sure!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/20/2013 10:44PM

    It's amazing, isn't it? And if she's motivated, it should inspire all of us to be motivated as well.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/20/2013 9:57PM

    Bless her heart! Thank you for sharing her story. Inspiration is all around us!

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MSLZZY 10/20/2013 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing! She sounds like quite some woman! Not unlike you, dear friend!

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NATPLUMMER 10/20/2013 9:28PM

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FROSTY99 10/20/2013 9:26PM

    Often it is the physical activity that keeps those with chronic illness going. As they say, "Use it or lose it".

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2013 9:14PM

    I have encountered this kind of inspiration in my fellow runners as well. When I did my stint at the Last Blast Tri, one of the athletes told me he had beat cancer, this was a piece of cake.

Yep... they live and run with us! Inspiration on

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