Humbling Experience

A little before Thanksgiving, I received word that I had been accepted to participate in the Boston Marathon, a running race covering 26.2 miles.  Wow!  The number one marathon in the world, complete with strict time standards, with top marathoners from all the world… I was (and am) humbled to be chosen!

Back up a few years ago to late January 2012.  I had just suffered the serious stroke, taking away my ability to communicate and walk, a career which I loved, and hobbies.  I was just existing.  For a more detailed account, click here.

Then came Ironman.  I was thinking sprint or Olympic sized triathlon, maybe someday in the far off future a Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run, a half marathon, 70.3 miles to complete it) by the time I started training in October 2015.  (For a full detail of events I’ve participated in, go here.)  I never would have dreamed I would go from being new to running to a Half Ironman under a year!

  • Sprint triathlon… ((Tri)ptophan Turkey Day Triathlon, Nov. 26, 2015).
  • Olympic triathlon… (Lavaman Triathlon, Apr. 10, 2016).
  • Half Ironman… (Hawaii 70.3 Ironman, Jun. 4, 2016).

On a whim, I decided to entered my name into the lottery for Hawaii residents for the World Championship Ironman, held in Kona, Hawaii.  Much to my surprise, I was one of the several people picked.  I never ridden that far on a bike and a marathon, oh, my.  Back in October 2015, I could not run continuously for one mile!  Maybe I bit off more than I could chew, so to speak.  Well, I was not fast, but I did it, humbled by it all, beating the 17 hour cut off time, barely!

  • World Championship Ironman… (Oct. 8, 2016)

Through Ironman, I had finished the marathon in sufficient amount of time to be eligible for the Boston Marathon in the Physically Challenged division.  I have never considered myself to be an athlete, and certainly not with the world’s top triathletes and marathoners!   And I still do not consider myself to a runner.  Fast I am not, but persistent and determined I am!

Why, you may ask?  I do it for stroke survivors.  There is stuff several times a day that reminds me I am not was I used be as far as stroke is concerned.  It is a hassle!  But for someone who thought my life was over, I have found a new life, one that is involved with helping stroke survivors rediscover life!  I found with my new life lots of support, too, from encouraging words to volunteers to gifts financially to sponsors, and more.  Again, I am humbled.

I never would have even considered a marathon if it were not without James “Kimo” Cuizon and TurboMed Orthotics.  Kimo introduced me to TurboMed for foot drop, a result of the stroke.  TurboMed was life changing.  I hope to participate with Kimo in the Boston Marathon, also a wearer of TurboMed (for a different reason other than stroke).

One more thing before I sign off.  Participating in the Boston Marathon and Ironman takes a considerate amount of money.  Registration fees, travel and lodging, training equipment, and so forth quickly adds up.  I invite you to join with me in making this all possible by giving through GoFundMe.  All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small!

So, Boston Marathon, here I come, humbled and grateful!

Stroke Survivors CAN!

KR

 

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