Every day for the last 17 years has been building to today - or so I've always thought.
17 years ago today, my 17-year-old sister Christina was struck by lightning while working on a golf course. In that moment, Christina went from deciding what college to attend... to fighting for her life.
Christina won that fight, but would never go back to the path she was walking down before June 13, 2000. In fact, her ability to walk, talk and control nearly all of her muscles would be taken from her completely that day.
I can guarantee Christina isn't sitting at home today dwelling on the "what if" scenarios. What if she hadn't walked outside after the storm? What if our family hadn't come home from vacation one day early to even be in town on June 13th at all?
Since the day she was struck, Christina seems to only focus on the future, on getting better one day at a time.
How many of us plan out our futures in our minds? We make vision boards and set goals for five, 10 and 20 years down the road. We hold onto those dreams - and the second they look cloudy, we panic and tighten our grip on them.
Worse yet, we create those hysterics just for a slight bend in the path - not a radically different path all together.
Not long after Christina was struck, Dad hung up a sign that said...
The hardest part about moving forward is not looking back."
As a family, we've all tried to embrace that quote. But no one is better at executing it than Christina.
Christina's life would have made an impact on people no matter what happened on June 13, 2000. She was bright, driven and would have left her mark on this world.
I suppose that's why today feels like every other day for the last 17 years. It's the life Christina has embraced and is living to the fullest.
Life isn't perfect. You might run into a detour sign on the path you're traveling. Scratch that. You WILL run into a detour sign. But it's not about the detour, it's about how you respond to the detour.
My running philosophy is to just finish the run. I don't time myself, I don't do sprints... I just run.
Honestly, for most of my life, I've dreaded running. It was never my chosen form of exercise. But that changed when my dog Crosby came around and we needed an outlet for his energy.
On the flip side, if I am not feeling my music that day - I will jog one mile, turn around and walk back.
I am also careful not to push myself too hard on a run because the second I start to aim for a certain time or get my heart rate into a specific zone - running loses the stress relief affect for me and I start to dread it again.
Which is why I also avoided interval training. Until now. I've found a song that is brilliant for pushing myself just enough on a run, while keeping the stress relief factor intact.
It's not your typical running song for sure. But it works for me, so maybe it will work for you too. The key to making this work is to just run to the beat.
Let me know if you try it and it works for you too. Even if it doesn't work for your intervals, it's a great song period. Happy running!