Friday, February 13, 2015

#Running4Jesus

My last post I mentioned that I have started running. For most people, running isn't that big of a deal. But I was told it would be impossible...

When I was born my right hip wasn't fully developed, and as a result, I spent the first year of my life in a brace that kept my knees to my chest. I also deal with tendons that hyper-extend. This means that I can keep stretching them, but they don’t stretch back. It became a big issue for me. By time I reached high school I couldn't stand for more than 30 minutes without collapsing. My tendons were just too stretched out. I ended up wearing steel orthopedic braces so I could walk.

I have had many surgeries over the years to try to correct my legs so I could walk without those braces. Finally, my surgeon told me that my sixth surgery may have worked, I could walk normally; but I needed to be careful because I would probably need another surgery later on in life. After that last surgery things were still a little rocky. I could walk, but I had to quit swimming (the only physical activity that I was told I could do) because the kicking was too hard my legs. I was basically told by my doctor that I should be content with walking and just move on.

About a year later I was healed by God. Strangely, I was nervous about this. I was timid about working my legs too hard in case I ended up needing yet another surgery. Even though I knew I was healed I kept living as if I should be content with just walking. Now I realize now that I was living in fear. I don't want to teach that to them. So  February 2014 I lost some weight, and that June I signed up for a 5k (3.1 miles) to run in October. I completed it in 30 minutes and 11 seconds. My second race, I actually earned a bronze medal in the Athena division out of over 1,500 racers.


Running has been amazing, and I now love it. I have sign-ed up for the Scenic City 5k that I'm running in a couple weeks. Isn't it amazing what God can do? Now I am #running4jesus. To Him be all the glory.


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