Last night I bumped into a friend I hadn't seen in a while. She and I share a love of running so we began to catch each other up on our training and goals.
I shared with her that I was training for a my first marathon this fall and she also had her first planned for this fall..
While this exchange is nothing but ordinary, some history on this friend and you will see just how extraordinary it is and why she is another inspiration to me.
This friend, I will call her L, had a stroke just two and a half years ago (late summer of of '11). L is not very old and the stroke took everyone by surprise - she had no risk factors. It was a shock, and despite suffering initial one side paralysis, L's recovery was very good.
In fact within the year she was back to running and I bumped into her at the Air Force Half Marathon in September if 2012 (a little over a year past stoke at the time). We ran together for many miles until she pulled away around mile 10 and ended up beating me! We even have couple of very cool race pics together.
So when she told me last night that she was planning to run her first marathon last night, I was truly inspired. She told me that she knew her time would not be great, but if she can survive a stroke and still run - she was happy with any time!
She is one awesome lady and I am blessed to know her.
So I am adding her to my list. L you are amazing!