One of the great things about my job -- no, the single greatest thing about my job -- is the fact that nearly
every day I get to meet someone new.
And not just meet them. But get to know them. Have them tell me their story in the way they want to tell it. Typically when I meet someone these days on the Health and Wellness beat, I'm meeting people who have inspiring stories to tell regarding the most important thing in their life: their health.
I got a chance to meet a guy the other day who reminded me that, even when you're going through stressful times, perseverance and hard work and dedication and determination -- those things count for something. Those things can get you through it, and get you where you want to go.
If you've already read my story from last week's Health&Fitness section in The Free Press about Scott Nelsen, thanks for reading. If not, I urge you to go back and give it a read. Scott, in addition to being one of the nicest guys I've met in years, has a great story to tell. He's lost 140 pounds and a has a run streak going right now that has reached 282 days and 1,077 miles.
After meeting Scott, I was in awe. I've been an on again/off again runner for years, and one of the things I've always struggled with was consistency. Sure, I've had my share of injuries (rolling my ankle on a walnut, rolling the same ankle a few months later on a tree branch). And my kids' schedules sort of make it so that there are some days when squeezing in a run would be almost impossible -- driving to Waconia for a Lancers parade, then off to Rochester for a baseball tournament, etc.) So I'm resigned to not being able to put together a streak like Nelsen has.
But that doesn't mean I can't put together a lifestyle that involves running 4-5 days a week.
And so I'm back to being a runner, for now. If Scott can do it, there's no reason I can't. And there's no reason you can't, either.