Four Years in the Making

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This coming weekend, I will once again run Tough Mudder.   Tough Mudder holds a special place in my heart since that is the first ever OCR race I ran, and it seriously about killed me.   I am pretty sure I came close to dying that day four years ago.   But it also made me realize that I didn’t want to live my life that way.

I will always run Tough Mudder, I will always show up for this race, because if it weren’t for it I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I look back at the pictures from that day and think wow, I really was not happy.   I wasn’t healthy.   Lupus was killing me slowly.

I am not who I was 4 years ago, I have grown to be healthier, stronger, and happier.   This has been a fight, a struggle, and some days felt pointless.  But every day no matter what I got up and fought the best that I was able to do.

Doing Tough Mudder every year is proving that I have beat the battle that I am fighting, and will continue fighting.    I am not going to stop the fight until they find a cure.   There are many others out there that don’t know if they have anything left in them to fight, but I want to help others get up and do whatever it may be to start the fight.  No matter how small.   We all had to start somewhere.

I started on the first hill at Tough Mudder four years ago when my little brother Alex, basically had to pull me up the hill crying because my body was already fighting me.   My little brother didn’t let me quit and I have to thank him for pushing me to finish.   He is an amazing individual and if it weren’t for him and Shannon I wouldn’t be where I am today, I probably would have given up.   They stuck with me and listening to me cry and complain for a really long 8 hours on the course, but for that I am thankful.

Fast forward to today, I will have 5 trifectas this year and two laps at tough mudder, on top of 2 ultra marathons, and numerous other races.  That’s right ultra marathons!   Go figure I would go from barely even being able to walk a mile, let alone run an ultra marathon.   Hard work, dedication, and heart do truly pay off.  No I am not the fastest one out there, no I will never win a race, but I have the biggest heart and determination to achieve what I put my mind to.


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