Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"I run because I can. I run for those who can't.

This last week I was getting ready to finish a good,strong run, when I noticed a man sitting outside of my building. I have seen him before, many times and I am always reminded of what a blessing it is that I have the ability to run and to use this body that God has given me. You see this man is disabled, he does not have any legs. As I was sprinting to finish strong, I thought...what would this man give to be able to run! What would he give to push it one more round....and so I decided to run for him, I did not stop and I kept going!

I was struck with the thought of how many times I have taken for granted the gift of health. How many times I would sit on the couch and be content with letting another day pass by without reaching my potential. This is how I gained all of my weight. Letting one day pass after another and never realizing that I was wasting my life - wasting a gift - the gift of walking,running, moving, breathing and living. My friend on another site has this quote on her page and I think of it often, I want to live by it - So now, today, I run - I run because I CAN....I run for those who can't.

My family sent me this video and it touched my heart. If you are overwhelmed and thinking that this weight loss journey is too much and you just want to stop. Think of this story.

Work hard, reach high today and go one more round...because you can!!

A Father's Love -

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.
It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.
For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

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Here is a video clip of Team Hoyt - A Fathers Love


La said...

Oh my goodness! I've been so busy lately that I haven't had much time to check blogs. I just now checked yours and see that you've been very busy! You are such an inspiration! Wow. I know I need to shed some pounds (about 30 I think) but I've found it very difficult to really commit to. I stay busy with the kids and although I do have some free time, it's not much and I'd rather do other things. I recently heard about a great book on eating healthy that I was thinking about reading. Hmmmm....Maybe I'll keep reading your blog and actually do more than think about something. =)

erin said...

What a great post! I think I saw the Hoyt family on Oprah, and they are so amazing and inspiring!

Mom & Dad said...

You have such a wonderful heart. In your life and travels you have and will continue to see those that are in need and less fortunate than yourself. Always show compassion and love. You never know the impact that you may have on a life. Always be thankful for your health and most of all for your relationship with the God that blessed you with it. Continue to be the encouraging person that you are. What amazing love Dick Hoyt has for his son. What an inspiration they are. Such a beautiful story.