|Navigational Art By Colleen Yorke, © 2015.|
When Samantha lost her leg, the news that a prosthetic leg will help her to walk again did not provide much comfort: "The pain in my leg was nothing compared to the one in my heart." Sam lives to run. And eventually she does, trading her wheelchair for crutches. Her crutches for a temporary prosthetic leg. Her temporary leg for a better leg. And finally, her better leg for a running leg. We all have our hurdles in life. And we have our dreams.
Making dreams come true takes patience, dedication, discipline, and determination. Maybe that is why many of us like running so much. We get out of it what we put into it, one step a time. This year I have the privilege and honor to be an ambassador for the Asics 2015 Los Angeles Marathon. I also am in my first year of law school. Needless to say, time is a balance act. While last year I focused on achieving personal records and putting in the mileage, training for the race is different this year. This year is all about running, taking in a city I love and I finally call "home". The struggle of running 26.2 miles is obvious, emotions flow freely, and most of the competition is with ourselves. But every year again, I am inspired by the stories surrounding the Los Angeles Marathon. Dreams in all colors and sizes. Running, I learn again and again, is more than a sport. It is life.
"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership to get. You just run." - John Bingham