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!