YOU MIGHT RECONSIDER EXCUSES MADE FOR NOT TRAINING Are you looking for inspiration to train for a 5K Turkey Trot this fall? The story of a mother who turned to running for the benefits it brought to herself and her physically challenged son might jumpstart that effort.
An article by Kevin Gemmell with photos by Oliver Baker for RunningCompetitor.com highlights the path that Cindy Spiva followed to begin running a year earlier, involve son Cormac, and then to win a Competitor Running contest presented by Brooks Running. It’s “Meet the Mother-Son Duo that Won Our Cover Athlete Contest.”
“Kids like Cormac are very rarely able to Immerse themselves and fully participate in life around them” Kemmell quotes Spiva in the article as saying. “But when we run, in that experience he’s a 100 percent participant.”
It’s very clear when reading the piece how important helping her son was to this mom, and how it fueled her motivation. But Spiva not only faced the usual difficulties a 49-year old encounters in taking on the goal of starting to run and finishing a half marathon (by her next BIG BIRTHDAY) she also struggled with health issues. According to the article she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 4 years earlier. Wow, and I consider having a mere bout of tendinitis a setback!
Whatever your age, if you only have yourself to worry about, and your health issues do not include having “ a brain full of lesions” this story might help you to mentally eliminate perceived obstacles to training for a 5k this Thanksgiving.
“We’re everyman,” she says in the article. “We’re the 99.9 percent who go out and do our thing each day while watching the elites from afar”. Thanks, Kevin Gemmell and Running Competitor for giving us Cindy Stiva’s exact words, because so many of us will be able to identify with that sentiment. It can hopefully serve as a catalyst to set our own goals and move forward.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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