Last week, I was contacted by someone at the American Recall Center to participate in their “Who Keeps You Healthy?” campaign.
Well, who does keep me healthy? At first, I struggled with this one. I mean, I started running for me. I don’t have a regular gym or running buddy, my dog lives on Long Island with my parents, I have no kids who I need to keep up with… so really, who keeps me healthy?
And then it came to me. While I started running for me (and I still do, of course), it’s become pretty evident over the past few years, through long training cycles and races, that I’m also running for my parents.
My parents don’t run (although I do sign them up to walk races) but over the years, they’ve traveled near and far to spectate and cheer for me. They’ve woken up before the sun to help me get to a start line. They’ve taken off work. They’ve flown to Chicago, Las Vegas, and Florida… twice. They’ve walked all over Manhattan for 3 NYC Marathons so that I had familiar faces at various miles. They’ve made signs and banners. They’ve waved flags and rang bells. They’ve kept their phones close and waited for a tracking update.
I often think of them on particularly challenging runs. It helps to imagine that I’m running my goal race. What do I hear? What do I see? How do I feel? Where is my family?
In every marathon, they are in almost every thought of mine. What are they doing? When will I see them next? Or, like in last years’ Chicago Marathon, “Where are they? They are the only people who matter right now.”
It’s a feeling I get whenever I cross a mat during a race, knowing that they’ll receive a tracking update. It’s why I’ve never had to walk on the 59th St Bridge because I knew they were waiting on the other side. They keep me going. Knowing that they are counting on me and waiting for me, it keeps me moving forward.
So much of being healthy is having someone (or someones) who believe in you.
So thanks, mom and dad, for spectating like champions, motivating me when you don’t even realize, and keeping my healthy and moving forward. Where’s our next race?
So tell me, who keeps you healthy?
The American Recall Center’s most recent “Health Hero”, Amy, shared her story of a recalled hip replacement and the perseverance it took to get her life back on track. It is her goal to make everyone more aware of the potentially dangerous hip implants people are living with. You can click here for information on hip replacement complications and recalls.