Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Grateful for legs that work..

About an hour ago I saw something that in an instant put things back into perspective for me.....
I've never mentioned running on my blog before because I fear that it will set up this false image of this toned fitness freak; one who looks down upon those who sit in front of a sewing machine instead of either being at the gym, or deciding upon which coordinating lorna jane outfit to wear to the gym.

Last year I finally went back to running after a 20 year break and ran my first 10km race. This weekend I am running that same race again. I have been training reasonably hard, and my body (legs) don't appreciate it as much as they did 20 years ago. I am having all sorts of hip problems which have been giving me a lot of pain into fancy sounding muscles in my legs. I can barely get up from the couch at night, and it hurts when I roll over in bed. I have been spending a fortune at the physio who leaves me bruised after he's tried to 'release' the muscles that are seizing.

This morning I went for my last run before the big day. I was feeling quite disheartened as I am really doubting that I can make my goal of running the 10km under an hour, and know that there is no way that I will be able to do my first half marathon this year. So, I am about a km into the run, I go around a bend and there is this brand new little motorised wheelchair swerving all over the path, with Dad alongside, placing his hand over the little hand trying to learn how to steer. I spoke briefly with the Dad, who smiled and said his son had only had his new $15 000 chair for about a week and was trying to get used to it. I look back, and this little boy, only 4 or 5 years old, had the biggest smile on his face and was revelling in the freedom of being able to move independently. What a thrill and an honour to witness this.

So here I was, feeling disappointed that I may not be able to run my 10km in under an hour. I suddenly felt incredibly lucky to have legs (and a body) that works. Ones that take me where I want to go and can function for themselves. They may not be the prettiest, but they work. They may hurt sometimes, but I am able to do something about that, I can stretch and do strengthening exercises, its within my power. It was not in this little boys power to walk at all.
So I am very grateful for legs that work. And I will be proud of my achievement this weekend, whatever that is.

Michelle xx

11 comments:

Christine said...

Thank you Michelle, I have been feeling very low the last couple of weeks and this is making me see that I need to enjoy all I have not think of what has been.
Good luck with your run, you are doing great.

Christine

Leanne said...

Yes it is good to be reminded sometimes of how lucky we are!

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

What a lovely post, Michelle! It's so easy to get wrapped up in all the things we can't do, that we often forget to appreciate all the wonderful things we can do.
Thanks for the reminder :)

x

circle retreat quilter said...

Great post and we do have so much to be grateful for thank you for reminding us all.

Carlene said...

A great post Michelle. You will do well with your run, regardless of your time, simply because you are participating. Thanks for the reminder we shouldn't take the everyday things for granted!

Tania said...

WHAT A FABULOUS POST.

You do yourself proud this weekend.

Suzie said...

Humbling, thankyou. Enjoy your ability. Xxx

Sharon_Amanda said...

Michelle, I am so proud of you. You are an amazing Mum, wife, and such a wholesome person with a big heart. I wish you all the best for your run this morning. Love Sharon xx

Julia Dickenson said...

Michelle you bet you should be proud! It's great the way life sends us little messages to keep things in perspective. I really enjoyed your post & got a little lo in my throat.

All the best!!

Thea said...

Well said. I often remind myself how lucky I have to have short, on the chubby side legs that work perfectly when I see my husband limping in pain every day (after a recent leg infection) and know there is so much worse out there. You should be proud of your achievements! x

Steph said...

Brilliant post Michelle! So very true!! I bet you did wonderfully on Saturday and you should be super chuffed with your efforts regardless of your time (although I'm sure it was great!). Looking forward to catching up over hexie piecing with you in a few weeks.
Hope all is well :) x