Oh my goodness gracious. I know I rant about every book that we read for this program (especially the last one), but this book is amazing in every way as well. The Long Run is focused on Matt’s story. A New York City fireman. Triathlete. Ironman. Marathon runner. All around inspiring. During the subway strike in NYC, he was biking to work and was hit AND run over by a bus. And he survived. I’m not going to spoil the book because you have to read it, but seriously, talk about perseverance! His story is incredible. I highly recommend it.
This week, we are to focus on a time in our life that turned everything upside down and changed who we are. It’s nothing too major, but definitely changed me and made me who I am today. The thing I am going to talk about is when I decided to move 2.5 hours away from home to go to college. I moved to a town in which I knew no one. I knew I would be swimming, but I didn’t know if I would get along with the coach or my fellow teammates. Within the first few days, I was dragged to a swim party in which I was awkward, didn’t drink, and barely socialized. I totally felt out of place, and I didn’t do much else with the team. I cried in my room while eating an entire bag of peanut butter M&Ms that my best friend’s mom had given me. I ate the entire large bag in a day. Granted, they were delicious, but totally unnecessary. It wasn’t until I met Anna, my roommate of 3 years, who also introduced me to Travis and his friends about 2 weeks into school that I started to feel comfortable. And once I felt comfortable being myself around these people, I really started to enjoy myself. I found my small place on the team, met great people, and have been friends with them since. That was five years ago. In a month, I will be starting my SIXTH year of school at Shippensburg. This place that was so scary and unwelcoming to me has become so much like home. I know the alleys and where they lead. I am not afraid of meeting new people. I wouldn’t have found my niche in life without taking a risk, and I am so glad that I did!
Everything about Matt’s story was inspiring. Even his life before the crash was amazing. He has three bars in the city and worked as a fireman during 9/11. He qualified for the Boston marathon. And he made a comeback from an injury that left him with less than a five percent chance of survival. Seriously, this man is incredible. And this book just goes to show that. Coming back from any sort of injury is hard, but coming back from an injury in which you could practice see through from the front to back of your body makes my shin splints and sore hips feel like a little bump.
As a little recap – my training this week has been going well. I got a run in on Monday, a bike ride Tuesday, and a swim and run Wednesday! Woot woot! Now I just have to keep the motivation up while on vacation! Triathlon training is in full swing!
Join the twit chat tonight using #runreadlong. I am leaving any minute now for Assateague Island, but hopefully I can try and catch some of the chat tonight at 9 EST!
Happy Thursday! Vacation here I come!