When I was going through my brain injury rehab there were days I just wanted to clear my head and process some of my thoughts. Before the accident, I use to do this by running or going on a motorcycle ride. I wasn't able to use my normal coping mechanisms for about a year, which was frustrating.
Once I finished my rehabilitation I was excited to hit the pavement and start building my weakened muscles back up. I then found out I needed ankle surgery and about 4 more months of physical therapy.
So when we rang in the 2019 New Year I decided one of my resolutions was to run a 1/2 marathon. I called my friend Zack and asked if he would join me. We trained for the next couple of months. Each mile I ran I thanked my body and mind for an ability I once took for granted. I've never smiled when I ran, but that day I ran 13 miles with a huge grin and my best buddy by my side. Never stop pushing yourself.