I have never been the type of person to take things for granted, especially when it comes to a good day. I firmly believe that if you have no complaints, you should enjoy and take advantage of the good situation you have now. Don’t waste it. Because when things aren’t going okay, you are going to regret that you took for granted that beautiful day.
Today was one of those beautiful days. As you know, I’ve been running intensely since the summer. I was up to 3 miles a month ago for the Falmouth Road Race, and since then I’ve gradually made it up to 4 miles (just last week actually). For that month, my knee has been in pain so I took a lot of breaks, used a lot of ice, and stretched and strengthened my leg. I want to get up to 10 miles by next year, and I figured I would give myself a lot of time to reach this goal because I have cystic fibrosis, and it’s harder to run for me. …Or is it?
Today, I had an opportunity. The opportunity was that it was a beautiful warm dry day (the type of days you dream about during new england winters), my knee has finally stopped hurting, I didn’t have class, I had finished most of my homework, I got a great night’s sleep, I was very well hydrated, had zero blisters, and I had nothing to complain about. Not to mention, after the last time I ran 4 miles, I felt fantastic. So I ran at a normal pace and got to my third mile. By then I was barely sweating (a rarity since I sweat like a pig), my breathing was even, and my legs still felt fresh. I decided I didn’t have 1 more mile left, I had 2. Today, I would run 5 miles. Today I would halfway reach my goal.
I added another mile by running throughout the entire campus instead of taking the road that lead right to my dorm. The whole time I felt amazing. I picked up my pace, jammed to my country music, and got chills on more than one occasion. I thought of the people cheering me on just a month before at the road race, I thought of Ronnie Sharpe’s recent post about a cyster who is training for a marathon, and I was smiling away. If I had the endurance and energy available, why not use it?
There are no words to explain how good I felt after I had finished. I had no plans of doing this today, but I did it. This is the first time I have ever run 5 miles. If you told me 5 years ago that I could run 5 miles I would have laughed in your face. 5 years ago I was struggling to run a mile for the first time. 5 years ago I was in the hospital twice or more a year. 5 years ago I let CF tell me I couldn’t. Today I told CF that I could because the day was perfect. Today I had a perfect opportunity, and I took that opportunity, used it to go beyond what I expected of myself, and proved to myself that I CAN do it. From this day on I vow to run like my lungs aren’t tight, inflamed, and full of mucus. I will take advantage of each and every perfect day to bring me closer and closer to my goal. That way, if there is a bump in the road, I won’t regret a thing.