In many aspects of my life, I am not current with the times. Most evident is that I don't use the internet on my cell phone. I know many people who don't think they could live without their iPhone, but it doesn't matter to me. I'm also probably one of only a few people that don't check their email during the day. I check it before I leave to work in the morning, and when I get home at night, and that is all.
When I got home today, I opened up my email to see that someone had mentioned me in a comment on Facebook. Surprised at who had mentioned me, I logged on to Facebook to see what I was mentioned in.
Emily, who I ran the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay with in the summer of 2011, commented that I was inspiring. When I read that, I first thought about how kind it was of her to mention me, out of all of the other female athletes that she knows.
Then I started thinking. I don't view myself as inspirational. I view myself as 98% ordinary with 2% oddness thrown in for good measure. I'm an average person, who has a average job, and wants fairly average things in life. Perhaps the only thing I am truly exceptional at is rolling ankles and falling down while running, both of which I have mastered in the past few months.
Thank you, Emily, for mentioning me. I think all athletes - no matter what time they run or if they have a chronic medical condition or not - are inspiring. Every athlete has overcome obstacles and worked hard to be the athlete they are.