My baby sister signed her National Letter of Intent yesterday – surrounded by her coach, teammate, and our mama. I could not be more proud of her! I seriously can’t wait to see her on Friday night and give her a BIG congratulations hug. You ROCK Melis, I love you so much!From time-to-time I hear a story that makes me proud to be a part of the running community. Runners are a special breed of people that come together to do some pretty amazing things. Yesterday I heard of TWO of these stories, all of which brought tears to my eyes (okay, I was legitimately crying). These stories are seriously the reason that I LOVE runners!
I heard the first story during my usual post-run stretch/foam roll session while watching the Today Show. This past weekend in San Jose a 95 year old, World War II Veteran named, Joe Bell, was cheering on runners at a local race in his uniform. Many of the runners took a detour to shake Joe’s hand and thank him for his service. What a wonderful way honor a man that gave so much to fight for our country! (You can see the touching video here)
He was right, I spotted the article he was talking about right off the bat. Kayla Montgomery is one of the top high school distance runners in North Carolina, but three years ago she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since M.S. is a disease that attacks the body’s nervous system, eventually Kayla will not be able to walk. But instead of letting this diagnosis get her down, Kayla set out to be the best she could be! This girl is a serious inspiration!
What’s an inspiring running story that you’ve heard recently?