nothing is impossible 3What does the word “impossible” mean to you? For me it means a challenge that I gladly accept. Almost my whole life, many have told me that what I do is impossible. There is no way that someone with the severity of my Scoliosis can not be a runner, much less a marathoner.

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Having Scoliosis from a very early age did change how I saw my future. Doctors all told me and continue to tell me that I am headed for a tough life of pain and struggle, and I wouldn’t be able to do much. The struggling part…yeah, sure. I struggle daily, but the part where I won’t be able to do much with my life, I refuse to believe.

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When I decided to become a runner, I always had BIG dreams. The NYC marathon being THE race for me. (Yes I nervously wait for that email tomorrow). I knew that I could run, but how far? I started only running 200 meters before I felt like my life was going to end. I fought and fought, had MANY MANY bad runs and still do, but I never give up. I keep trying and chasing my dreams.

I knew that my life would take a major turn the moment I registered for the Goofy Challenge. I knew this race would change my life. The training, the strengthening, and the challenge it brought will forever stay with me. It was a 39.3 miles challenge. Again, I could only run 200 meters before having to stop. Who would have ever thought I would train to run 39.3 miles?!?!?

click here to read about the race (part 2)
click here to read about Goofy’s race and a half challenge race (part 2)

Well, thanks to my husband, my PT, and a LARGE group of supporters I did it! I had successfully done the 39.3 miles goofy challenge! This happened in January and I still have moments where I can’t believe I did it. It’s a tough back to back, half marathon and full marathon. My husband played a very important as he kept massaging me when my Scoliosis pain flared up, and the amazing surprise I received half way through the marathon was unforgettable! (click on the photo to read about it)

By completing this race, I have learned a lot about myself and the true strength within me. Even though many feel it’s impossible for me to be a marathoner with my Scoliosis…I AM! I fight through a lot and deal with a lot but that is not excuse or a reason to keep me from reaching my dreams. With each step I take, it’s a gift. I never take running for granted and embrace everything that comes with it, the good and the bad.

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My crooked Scoliosis surgery scar, lots of muscle damage, my hump, and my chronic swelling, not forgetting my smile =)

Thankfully with the help of my AMAZING PT over at Action Potential Physical Therapy and KT Tape, I am able to make all this possible. My PT guides me and helps me through pains that I never though I would overcome. KT Tape has kept me…..well together lol I literally am held together with the tape. It reduces my swelling, prevents my chronic pains from getting out of control, and it speeds up recovery times between training.

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Since running the goofy challenge, I wanted to commemorate the race somehow. An every day reminder of my strength, my determination and will to reach my goals. On days where I am too weak to walk, or too pained to move, I wanted to be able to see my accomplishments so I did…..

my goofy challenge tattoo to commemorate the biggest challenged I faced.
my goofy challenge tattoo to commemorate the biggest challenged I faced.

I got a very meaningful tattoo that I can just look down and see each time I am dealing with a struggle. I will remember the cold, sweat, pain, tears, and a special bunch cheering for me. Out of all the races I’ve done, this one has a memory at each and every 1 of the 39 miles that I will forever cherish and NEVER forget.

a half marathon, a full marathon, 3 medals = ONE amazing memoery
a half marathon, a full marathon, 3 medals = ONE amazing memoery

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I am a Goofy’s race and a half Challenge runner

-cheetah g

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