Did you ever play that game “Truth or Dare” as a kid? You know the one where you either have to tell a truth about yourself or take a dare. I always chose the dare. I loved the challenge and I couldn’t stand it when someone told me I couldn’t do something. I hate the words “I can’t”.
Six months ago, I was cleared to start marathon training again about a month after my pulmonary embolism. My first run was only one mile and it took me 13 minutes. What the heck; I had just completed my first 20 miler a little over a month before, what is going on? My lung capacity was shot due to tissue damage. Only 10% of PE patients experience lung damage because there is a dual supply of blood to the lungs, unfortunately I was one of the 10%. So while I was ok to start running and training again, my doctor and everyone around me thought that signing up for a spring marathon was too optimistic. I wouldn’t be ready and I certainly wouldn’t get the results that I wanted. It sounded like a dare to me.
So, I signed up for a May marathon and started training and forcing the non damaged parts of my lungs to compensate for the damaged part.
This Sunday, I will run in my first marathon. It has been a long time coming folks and I am ready. I AM READY.
I am nervous and I am scared, but I am so ready. Do I regret what happened? No, this experience has taught me a lot about myself, perseverance, humility, and gratitude. Most important, it has taught me about the kindness of other people. I have such a wonderful support group from my family, friends, and YOU.
Live each day to the fullest and learn something from each and every experience that you encounter, whether it is a good experience or a bad experience. Never pass up the opportunity to learn and grow. I DARE YOU.