"You'll never run again!" The doctor's word's hit me like a fist from a prized fighter.
The arthritic pain in my hips became a reality I had never considered facing. The 14,300 mile running career had take its toll and I knew my running days were over. That was in 2007.
Today, May 27th, 2013 (6 years later) I found himself pacing back and forth in my mind. I remembered the VA doctor's words so clearly. My girlfriend spends every weekend with me and over the past three years has come to know me better in some cases, than I know myself. She could see that I was troubled and asked me what was wrong, and as always I replied "nothing." I knew she knew better, and this afternoon when she and I went into a nearby town to do some shopping and I purchased some biking shorts I could feel that she knew what was on my mind.
Later tonight we spoke on the phone after she had to leave to go home which is just 40 minutes over the mountain and I spoke to her about my biking. Biking was what replaced my running back in the day when it had to be given up. As Sonya and I talked, she said little things that helped inspire me and give me hope to pull myself back into the fitness level I want so bad to re-achieve. She reminded me of our age and then encouraged that I can get it back if I am patient with myself, and that no matter what level of fitness I achieve, she would love me just the same. This was all I needed to hear. Her words were like magic and in minutes I found myself inflating the tires of my GMC bicycle to their 80 lbs of pressure. I dug out my Nike and Bell helmets. I dug out my cycling gloves. Ready for a morning ride, I look forward to feeling the wind whip through my helmet as I look down at my speedometer and smile at the 30 mph speed I will work to achieve. I have no idea the distance I will travel after 2 years without biking, but it will be a start. A start to get back the inner drive and soul that keeps me feeling energized. I thank this best friend and amazing love for her inspiration and motivation. I wish everyone to find that someone in their lives that makes them feel as special as Sonya makes me feel! Life is good!