Nina practicing for miles
When I lost my ability to move and exercise, you all stepped up. You rode, ran and yoga-ed your way to donate #MilesForAshley when I couldn’t do it myself. Some of you ran races while others started exercising again after an injury. Together you have raised more than 1,223 miles in the past month. They came in donations as short as a one mile walk and as long as 20 mile runs! You’ve put your health to the test and exercised for all sorts of reasons, including your own health and supporting me.
Whitney and Duke after a run
It’s been exhilarating to watch the miles roll in from my comfy couch at home. Reading about your weekend workouts that you’ve logged under #MilesForAshley kept me from thinking of the workouts that I am missing.
As a society I think we tend to not appreciate something fully until we face losing it: summer weather, relationships, our health. We can get so caught up in schedules and where we have to be next that we run through the motions. Taking time off has taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things: each movement, each meal and each relationship.
Jamie‘s sister and friend after a 5k
Don’t get me wrong, I’m planning on going back to full speed and more when I am healed. Appreciating the moment doesn’t have to mean doing less, going slower or stopping altogether.
Celebrate your fitness. Celebrate what you can do in the moment for how amazing it is; don’t live in anticipation or even fear of what the next moment will bring.
Thank you Katy for creating #MilesForAshley and everyone who has kept it alive on Twitter. My miles will be for all of you when I can run and bike them again!
What do you run, bike, swim, yoga and sweat for? Do you keep an intention in mind during your practice?