I was always an active kid. Starting at the age of 8, I played Softball and various other sports. While I wasn't the best batter, I was an amazing player on the field. I had multiple positions, catcher, first base and left field. When I got into High School, I played on one of the best teams in the state. Then I got hurt...badly hurt.
A month before my 15th birthday, I had a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). I bruised C2, C3, C4 and C5. This was a severe SCI and I should have been paralyzed. In fact, my file is used today for medical studies. It is a complete miracle that I am not quadriplegic. I spent quite a bit of time in SICU. I had to learn how to walk again. I went through many years of PT and still have scares every now and then.
That injury sidelined me from sports. When I decided that Spring to play softball, I quickly realized I was not the same. My cardio was shot and I quickly became depressed realizing I would never be the athlete I once was. I began to resent sports and by age 17, I quit everything.
Fast Forward.....December 2011 work holiday party. My co-worker was running the Disney Princess Half Marathon. She convinced me and another co-worker to sign up for the 5K during that race weekend. My best friend happened to also be running that same half marathon, so Nicole and I agreed to do it and this was the start to breaking my fitness barrier.
|First 5K, February 2012|
|Marathon 1: 2013 NYC Marathon Marathon 2: 2014 runDisney Dopey Challenge Marathon 3: 2014 NYC Marathon Marathon 4: 2015 runDisney Marathon Marathon 5: 2015 Dublin Marathon|
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