Today, I ran! It wasn't far or fast or pretty, but I ran. I listened to Born to Run, Running on Empty and the theme from Chariots of Fire.
Memories came flooding in:
I was that 10 year little boy who stood up from the wheelchair and walked.
I was that young teenager running on the beach as my dad drove along side me.
I was that 17 year old running 5 miles.
I was that 34 year old, 246 pound pastor who almost passed out when running to the end of the driveway.
I was that man who ran his first 5k.
I have ran in hail and wind and rain and snow.
I have ran uphill and I have ran downhill.
I have ran into a tree.
I have ran in mud, over trees, under trees, around trees, up a creek (without a paddle).
I have ran adventure races, half marathons and marathons.
None of that compares to today. Four months after an injury and being told by my doctor that my running days were over, today, I ran!
And I will