October 8th, 2016
I wrote this after I finally watched the documentary called “From Fat to Finish Line”. This is about 12 strangers coming together to run a Ragnar. These 12 people all had similar weight loss stories and fell in love with running as part of their journey.(as a side note, I was very very close to being one of the 12, timing just didn’t work out if I remember correctly)
Have you ever been ‘in’ a moment and hear John Hulsey say something like “we’re off like a prom dress” and you realize how much you miss something or somebody?!
I finally allowed myself to watch the film. I needed to see it at this moment of my life. I’ve been down really since August 2nd, 2014. I spent the week before in Colorado climbing Mt. Columbia (one of the teeners) with my daughter, I was at the top of the world, literally. We were home 18 hours when I was knocked out for 4 minutes following a cycling accident while on a training ride. The 6 miles I ran Monday following that accident pushed a concussion into the massive category. Then life continued to happen, cancer attacked my family, all while attempting a comeback that kept turning into a setback. August 9th, 2015 I was on my way to our new home to set up my home gym when I was t-boned violently by a car turning left In front of me. The accident crushed two discs in my lower back. I’ve lived with massive chronic pain nearly every day since. Walking most days is a challenge, let alone the idea of running.
All of that junk I just mentioned nearly broke my spirit in so many ways. Depression set in, old habits snuck back in, so many of the runners I trained with daily seemed to vanish, I could go on, but why? Then a friend was killed in a car accident at the end of July and that was a spiritual awakening for me. Then a surgeon suggested we try a rhizotomy on my back, that was a physical awakening. I had the second side of the rhizotomy done this week and I’m hopeful that I will see relief very soon.
I’d almost given up that I’d ever run again. Running is part of me and part of my life. I’d almost resolved myself to accept that I’ve gained 30ish lbs of the 100lbs I lost. I’d forgotten how much fun running is and that runners are some of the best people in the world. I needed to see and hear so much of what was said in the film. So yeah, I totally needed it right at this time of my life.
Great film filled with motivation, inspiration and perspiration, not to mention great stories from real life kinda people. John, I miss you and I love ya my friend!
“From Fat to Finish Line” gets twelve thumbs up!! Available on Netflix and I recommend you see it.