Less than 4 weeks to go as I write this post...
Hard to believe that it is almost here and that I've been training all out running for well over 3 months...
Can't wait to toe the line in NYC and carry with me in each polka-dots the memory of a clot survivors that are not only an inspiration for me but to many others fighting their clotting incident.
There will be SEVERAL of us running on November 3rd which means a whole lot of polka-dots will be seen throughout the course.
Over the years some of the members of Team STOP THE CLOT have been featured on this blog. Amongst them you have =
August 2012 - KAREN KHODADI
October 2012 - ERIC O'CONNOR
January 2012 - DAVID PIETRANGELO
Through the magic of the internet, once more, I've been able to cross paths with Crystal and even through email you can feel the contagious energy that a blood clotting incident could NOT bring down. Her drive and enthusiasm certainly has allowed her to recover and be training for the NYC Marathon. I am looking forward to finally get to meet her in person and maybe get some of that energy and drive rubbed off on me so that I can finish the 26.2 Miles close to when she finishes as I am sure she will leave me in her dust...
Please read on below to learn more about Crystal's background, her clotting incident story, and her inspiring words of wisdom she is so kindly sharing with us...
Here is my story one year later:
I was out of commission for quite a few months. My doctors really gave me no limitations and just told me to listen to my body. So from the very start I'd push myself as much s I could. The first 3 weeks it basically took me everything I had just to walk from one point to the next. I was slow but never gave up. I noticed doing nothing made my mind wander. I disliked very much yoga and pilates but because it was something I could do I started there then slowly built my way back.
I am so THANKFUL to Crystal for her willingness to share her story and perspective.
Without a doubt she brings a great deal of inspiration to all of us and I am rooting for her to make it to the finish line in NYC, Australia, and anywhere else she wishes to race.
I know that she will be fast on November 3rd and SHE WILL SMILE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
I am truly honored to be racing alongside Crystal and all the other clot survivors in the STOP THE CLOT 2013 Running Team.
Thanks for reading,
The Clot Buster