Six years ago I began running. Mainly because I wanted to accomplish something before I turned 25. My Dad had been running for years and actually went to college on a track scholarship. My Grandfather had actually set some high school records for track and field. I figured it was in my blood.
Funny enough, that wasn’t super far from the truth. In the last five years I’ve actually discovered the real reason I’m running. To outrun my family genetics. The reason I began became the reason to try harder. In the last 2 years I’ve been given the opportunity to watch my father slowly decline in his health. Someone who I saw at peak form become a weak version of himself.
He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. A dedicated daily runner. How does that happen? How is it possible to be not overweight, a daily runner, and still get type 2 diabetes? Due to complications from diabetes he’s had a number of other issues including being a 2x cancer survivor.
I contemplated going into more detail here, I actually had it all typed out, but decided that’s his business so maybe I shouldn’t share those details. So we will stick with diabetes and 2x cancer survivor.
Since my parents divorced when I was 6 it has always been Christmas Eve with Dad and Christmas with Mom. This year is was both days with Dad. Why you may ask? Cause he was in the ICU. I spent my Christmas in the ICU and got to experience a way different holiday (another post on that later this week).
I’ve been running and trying to lose weight because I’ve been afraid to have the same issues. However, if I’m honest with myself I haven’t tried super hard. I haven’t made REAL changes. Then I spent the holiday in the ICU where my father lost his foot. I mean they literally took his foot. Do you have any idea what it is like to see that? A man who, even with his faults, you idolize there without a foot.
I will not become that! I will not be in a position to have to make those choices. The REAL changes have already begun and will happen! It is an odd thing to try and actually outrun genetics but I can’t look back and say I didn’t try. It is time to take control and make real changes!