Two years ago today, our family attended the first birthday party of a little girl named Sav. At the venue, we were seated together with my husband’s work colleagues and the topic was running. Encouraging everyone to try running was a guy named “N” who has been running for 2 years at that time. I just kept quiet and enjoyed the great food and partly listened to the “guys” conversation.
However, N asked me – “Why not run too?”
I replied back – “Oh I guess running isn’t for me, I had a knee injury years ago and anything strenuous and excessive weight gain will aggravate the injury and might call for a knee replacement after some time.”
N said – “You just have to take it easy at first, strengthen your knee and you can run soon! A friend has been operated on her knee but is now into running, if she can do it, why can’t you when you have not been even operated?”
If running needed a spokesperson, N would have gotten the job. I was convinced and bought my 1st pair of running shoes a few days after the party!
This afternoon, Sav turned three, still cute and bubbly the way she was in her fairy costume 2 years ago. Today she was dressed like a little princess, shy and sweet like a typical three year old, and was scared of the funny dancing mascot. N was there too, telling stories of his past marathons, his 21 k race this morning and his ultra marathon next month.
There is always a reason why we meet people or where we are on certain occasions. Sav had been a fairy to me, as tiny as she was when she was one. She sprinkled great magic that made me decide to run. N of course may be a co fairy or an elf LOL, but these people young and not so old made a great change in my life. I am more fit today than ever, stronger, healthier. May I also be able to inspire others to run… and swim and bike and make their life magical!
Happy birthday darling Sav!