I had updates that I was going to post today that seem pretty small and trivial in light of some news that I got this morning. I am going to put all of those silly updates aside and write about the news and some revelations it made me have.
Today I found out someone I know was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a disease that affects the nervous system. It's a very rare disorder (1-2 people out of 100,000 will get it), and it typically leads to full paralysis. If it's caught in time some of the symptoms can be reversed, but I'm not sure what will happen with my friend. Needless to say, I was shocked and devastated at the news, and it made me do some hard thinking about myself.
I feel SO ashamed that all week I've been bitching about running when it's hot, and so ashamed for the times that I haven't run at all. I could have been out there celebrating that I have a healthy body that for all its fat rolls, crabby joints/feet and other imperfections, has served me well in life. I can run, I can walk, dance, do yoga and do many things that my friend may not be able to do over time. It makes me sick to my stomach how unfair life can be. Horrible diseases always seem to strike the funny, smart and kind.
Tomorrow I am going to do my 10k, and no matter whether I walk or run across that finish line, I am going to be grateful that I have the ability to lace up my shoes and get out there. If it's 5000 degrees or 60, I am going to be in awe over the face that I am upright and moving, and that each step is a blessing. I am going to think about my friend a lot tomorrow.
There is not really much more to say I suppose, other than for everyone to remember to be thankful the next time you lace up those shoes and go out for a run. It's a blessing, not a burden.