Friday, August 1, 2014

Fitness Friday: A Running Dream

Do you ever have dreams about running?

I do. I used to have dreams about playing soccer when I was younger. Even after I got hurt playing in college, the dreams continued. Since I couldn't play soccer anymore, I started running.

When I started dreaming about running, I knew that I had a new passion.

I recently read the young adult book The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen and couldn't put it down.

This book is about a high school runner who loses her leg after an auto accident and her graceful, brave triumph over adversity to return to running with the help of her family and friends.

When I began reading this book, I couldn't stop thinking about the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. People who have essentially faced the same challenges as the fictional character of Jessica. We hear their stories and updates in the news, but there is so much that they have to face that we will never truly understand. This book, although fictional, gave me an insight that has made me appreciate the strength, resilience, and courage it takes to literally get back on two feet and step up to a new starting line.

Have you read a good book lately?

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