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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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