Murder trials, pneumonia and new shoes – oh my!

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Here’s where I’m at in life:

1) I was picked for jury duty for a first degree murder case. And gave a week of my life to it. Only to have our entire jury thrown out because of a technicality today.

2) After battling through what I thought was bronchitis last week (too busy at court to go to doctor), I finally went to urgent care on Saturday and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m so exhausted. Gavin’s also been sick with yet another ear infection so sleep is rare right now.

3) My beloved Asics Gel Kayano 18’s have been replaced with a newer model. I found some 18’s on clearance from an online outfit and ordered them. Crazy that I consider $100 for sneakers to be a bargain these days.

What does all of this have to do with running? Well, I’m scheduled to run the IronGirl Half in Clearwater this weekend. But I’ve been tied up in court so I wasn’t able to do my afternoon runs last week. Now I have pneumonia and have to stay away from exercise for a week. So by Sunday it’ll be 2 weeks since I’ve run. And I’ll be in a brand spankin’ new pair of shoes that haven’t been broken in yet. With lungs that aren’t super happy right now.

What could possibly go wrong come race day, right?!

Moral of the story, life gets in the way sometimes and you just have to make due with the circumstances you’re dealt. Marathon training starts in July. That’s 6 months of potential setbacks, distractions and… life. But if it was easy, would it really be worth it?

I often ask myself how in the world I’m going to pull off a marathon. And then I remember asking my grandpa how he managed to fight in the many battles he fought in WWII and Korea. How did he have the nerve to not back down? He told me it was simple. You have to believe in what you’re doing. Then you just put one foot in front of the other and you go.

Thanks for the reminder, MacMac. I’ll keep putting one foot in front of the other. And I’ll go.

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2 responses »

  1. Laura……you are truly a person of the highest character……I wish I could borrow some of your strength……You are an inspiration.

    TOM D.

    • Tom, I can’t thank you enough for the kind words. I hope I can live up to them.

      Any success I’ve had in life thus far can be attributed in a lot of ways to having had wonderful teachers like you along the way!

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