September 22, 2013

The countdown begins…

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Today’s run was a long run and I am not going to tell you, it was a long, exhausting one!  But I have less than a month left so it’s go time.  I haven’t been feeling too well recently and trying to balance the training and making sure to take care of myself, has been a little challenging.  But I am truly grateful for all of the support I have been getting from friends, as well as many questions – why are you stopping? I have always wanted to run with you…and you can!  10Ks, even a 15K, but nothing over 10 miles.  They exhaust my body – mentally and physically…Each step is a thought and a movement and for two hours let me tell you that can be exhausting.  

But most of all, I have appreciated everyone that has reached out and donated to my last half marathon…the response has been overwhelming…When an able bodied person says – you inspire me, I always get goose bumps.  I never think of myself as an inspiration.  I just think of someone who had a little good fortune with DBS and wanted to spread the word, the spirit that a disabled person can overcome adversity, can believe in miracles and hope that they come true…and they do…In my typical fashion, it never occurred to me in the process of being selfless that I was pushing my robotics, well the realization has come and I will enjoy my next two races…I am already dreaming of the awesome shadow box I will have of my 5 half marathon +1 marathon medals…I am so proud of my accomplishments.  I am so proud that I have run more than most able bodied people have…but most importantly, I proved that miracles happen.  I have mixed emotions but this is the right thing to do…for those of you that I have inspired to run a marathon or start training, you “Carrie” piece of me in your heart, in your strength and in your legs….

If you would like to donate please follow the link below..

http://dystonia.donorshops.com/product/sanfranhalfmarathon/runcarrierun.php

I thank you with all of my heart!

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One response to “September 22, 2013

  1. Justyna Witkowska

    Hi Carrie, my name is Justyna and I’m writing to you from Poland. I also have dystonia and I underwent DBS 1,5 year ago. At the beginning of September I run first meters in my life.. I’m overjoy but also scared that this happiness can’t last forever.. Your story gives my hope that maybe one day I’ll also run 10K. Wish you all the best!

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