After a rough few weeks in regard to running, including a half marathon that included a stop at the med tent at mile 6.5 on what was supposed to be a 1:32 half PR, I've been especially hating diabetes. Sometimes having it just sucks - and there is no other way to put it, but especially so when it derails my plans.
Today I opted to run a little later in the morning instead of in the 30* weather. On the schedule was a "long" run of 10 miles, which was broken down into a 1 mile warm-up, 8 mile MGP run (7:37 pace) and a 1-mile cool-down. As I got out of my car and waited for my satellites to load, I looked at the beauty around me. I could see flowers rapidly moving in the wind, and a bright blue sky. It was incredibly windy, but a good day to run.
A few steps into my run I had to stop and wait for a car before I crossed the street and continued to run on the path. As I waited for the car, I noticed two people on the other side of the street. One man was wearing a Boston Marathon shirt from this year, and was talking to another man. Not really thinking much of it, I looked down at my watch to see that it was paused. It was then that I realized the other man. He had a prosthetic leg.
After the car passed, I ran by, saying hi to both men on the way by. As I ran 1 mile out, I thought about how different life would be without one of my legs. How much harder running would be. Could I even bike? Everything would be different. And as I turned around and hit the 2-mile mark, I saw the man running by me the opposite direction and said "hi" again.
I am constantly amazed by other people. This man was out on the prairie path today running, just like me. However, although I am 100% positive he does not know it, he changed my perspective. Did the run today go as planned? No, not in the least bit. I had a low blood sugar around mile 6 and ended up running an over pace of 8:00 miles, instead of 7:45. But I could care less because I could still use my legs to run. It made me thankful that the majority of my body does work well.
This run today was more than just a run, but helped me gain perspective of the good things in life, and to be thankful for what I do have.