Defy the Odds

 

When I was a baby, my family found out I had a heart murmur. At that point, I am sure many scary and devastating thoughts went through my parents minds. Would I ever be able to play sports, or run? How would this change their lives?

Thankfully, as a child, the murmur went away on it’s own, as they often times do, and I have never had issues with my heart. Of course, I was too young to know anything, or see this as something that could have potentially impacted my life in a negative way. It’s a good thing too, because I ended up being the epitome of the word “tomboy.”

I played sports, I got messy, and I RAN!

I played basketball since 3rd grade, soccer in 5th-6th grade, and volleyball and track since 7th. I was the mega athlete, the one who ate, slept, and breathed sports. I was inspired as a younger athlete by the older girls on the varsity teams. I wanted to be just like them.

When I got to High school, I continued with volleyball, basketball, and track. I had finally become on of those varsity girls I had looked up to, and I wanted the younger girls to look up to me. They did, and I competed with all my heart.

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My senior year, I found out I had scoliosis. I had a lot of back pain, but my curved spine wasn’t curved quite enough to justify surgery. I went to physical therapy, but I, of course, kept on competing., kept on playing, kept on running.

Now, as an adult, I no longer am a part of an athletic team. I have coaching varsity volleyball and middle school basketball in an effort to relive the glory days. I enjoyed my job, but I felt like I was missing something. I personally needed to be fit again.

As I think back on the physical and mental challenges I faced to become a well trained athlete in high school, I realize that I was pretty inspiring! As a teenager I didn’t really realize it at the time, but I had been a fighter, a champ, and a role model.

I decided that I would become a runner. I would compete, with myself, to become fit, and to become healthy again. When I ran track in high school, I ran the 100 meter dash. To me, a 400 was a long distance!

Now, at age 25, I have competed four half marathons, and am almost done training for my first full marathon.

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As we move into 2011, I believe a lot of strength, power, and self confidence will come in completing the marathon. I think it will be the boost I need to keep striving for a fit and healthy life. I believe I can be a role model to other runners, or just those looking to live a more active and full life.

Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be doing this. I think the high school Heather would be very proud of the adult Heather, and if I could talk to high school Heather, I would tell her that she is my inspiration. Her (my) drive, determination, and heart made me the woman I am today, and I am forever grateful.

I think for these reasons I deserve a spot on the Team 4all roster. I am committed to health and fitness (and looking cute while doing it! Just look at the name of my blog!) I have jumped many hurdles to get where I am today, and I believe my story could be an inspiration to other people who need to look inside themselves, and find inspiration from within. Sometimes people need a boost of confidence and to remember that they are awesome! Or, as one of my favorite people once said (Walt Disney)…If you can dream it, YOU CAN DO IT! 

Comments

  1. What I great photo from your track days! I only played tennis in HS and even then, I didn’t take it too seriously. I hope you make the the Team 4all roster!

  2. Great post! I also have a slight scoliosis but never went to therapy for it. I’m now an ACE certified Personal Trainer and have worked in physical therapy. I only started running a few years ago and completed my first 2 half marathons this year despite having 2 bad knees. I think it’s great when you can overcome physical challenges.

  3. What an amazing story :) Can’t wait to see you become a MARATHONER too!

  4. Great post! I also have a slight scoliosis but never went to therapy for it. I’m now an ACE certified Personal Trainer and have worked in physical therapy. I only started running a few years ago and completed my first 2 half marathons this year despite having 2 bad knees. I think it’s great when you can overcome physical challenges.

  5. You are an inspiration! I ran my first half in April and still don’t know if I have it in me to do a full. Very proud of you!

  6. great post!! I am SO excited for the marathon! I hope i see you and ur hubby! My high school colors were the same as yours, and is it my eyes or are you competing against a school named “Bethany?” lol. You are so ready for this next challenge and you will love it! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on completing your first marathon!

  7. BTW, i would love to meet up with you and Katye at some point! There is plenty of time once we get there on race morning. We’ll have almost 2 hours to kill. We could maybe meet up then? This will be my 6th Disney marathon so i know what the starting area looks like. we could pick a place and time? i’ll talk to Katye, i can’t wait to meet her either! :-)

  8. Yay, you’ll be a marathoner before you know it :)

  9. You go girl! :)

  10. The journey isn’t always easy, but the reward will be so great! The marathon is getting close. Yay!

  11. That’s beautiful, Heather!

    I was the exact opposite of you in high school (think scrawny, totally into computers, not at all athletic, hated sports, couldn’t go up stairs without getting winded) but I can relate to this line: “If I could talk to high school Heather, I would tell her that she is my inspiration.” When I thought about that and my own life, I think I’d do the same, too. I run half marathons now and in high school, I always dreaded the mile. In fact, there’s a lot of things I dreamed of doing then, that I’ve since checked off my list. I’m living that dream. And I see that you’re doing it, too! That’s pretty amazing. Life is good. :)

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