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After suffering a minor setback the day after my 18 mile run 2 weeks ago, I am back on track! Thanks to a wonderful neuromuscular massage therapist, stretching exercises and being diligent about icing my back a couple of times a day, I feel great! This is my hardest training week, leading up to a 20 mile run on Saturday. This morning I felt exceptionally good, and even set the treadmill at a faster pace for my last quarter mile. Not that I’m thinking of sprinting that last .2 miles at the NJ Marathon, but nice to know I can do it after a shorter run. It’s all about CONFIDENCE!  

Reaching plateaus, experiencing setbacks and enjoying the rebounds are what our Push to Walk clients face every day. Whether it’s in their personal relationships, performing the daily tasks of personal care, or in their roles as students or professionals, people with spinal cord injuries  encounter challenges of many sorts on a daily basis. As I relate my minor setback to their challenges, I am reminded once again how fortunate I am to be healthy and running. I am running for people with spinal cord injuries; for those who are not running now. Perhaps they were runners or athletes or fitness nuts. Maybe they hated running or any other kind of exercise. But what they would give now to take one step, to walk a few feet, to run 10 yards. I can only imagine. I do not know how that feels. And so I run, day after day, mile after mile, for all the people who inspire me to do what I can.

In the process, I hope to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries, to raise funds to help more people through our exercise program at Push to Walk and to do something for the “greater good.” I hope you’ll help me by supporting Team Push to Walk at the NJ Marathon on May 1st. Check our website to see how you can help! Click on the Marathon banner and check out our fund raising efforts. Or come that day and cheer us on. It would be great to have friendly faces supporting us on the course!


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