Happy November! Congratulations to all those who ran the NYC Marathon this weekend! It looked like an amazing race. I loved following each and every single one of your journeys via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and through the tracker. Congratulations! For the rest of us, I hope you had a great weekend celebrating Halloween, running or spending time with your family!
This morning I want to introduce you to the reason I run.. We all have our reasons for running and when I started running it was to lose weight. However, my running journey took a different track when over five years ago I started having seizures. At first the doctors were certain it was a heart condition, but it wasn't..
I run now for Epilepsy.
I run for people who can't.
I run for those who have Seizures.
I run for PURPLE.
I run to finish.
I run to prove this body is STRONG!
While I am on medication and it has allowed me to live without seizures, it does come at a cost. As a runner these medications are life saving, but they effect my breathing, muscle weakness, loss of balance/ coordination, feeling tired, insomnia, trouble concentrating, lack of appetite, discouragement and bruising.
As a runner, races are difficult enough and then I get whacked with a triple dose of stuff because of the medications, so races take longer to recover and one marathon was enough to take my body out for a while. I'm not out for good from full marathons, just for a while.
I'm sticking to half marathons, 25ks (15.5miles) and shorter distances because it's what is best for my body. It doesn't make me any less of a runner. Every race you will see some kind of purple on my person. Whether it's on my shirt, socks a ribbon or a hat..
Question: What do you run for?