As we enter into a time when people are making resolutions for 2013, many of them health related, I wanted to share my experiences with an international running group for people with disabilities, Achilles International. It has become one of my favorite weekly activities, and it’s challenged both my body and my mind. I hope that you, too, will get involved in the new year.
Growing up in Atlanta around a lot of other people in chairs, I was involved in a variety of organized sports from an early age. Being born with spina bifida, I have good arm strength, so a lot of options were available to me. When I went to college in Greenville, South Carolina, I knew that there would be far less people in chairs around, but I wanted the challenge of creating my own opportunities when it came to needs relating to my disability, including fitness. Just because my team sports days might have been behind me, or at least on hold, didn't mean that I wanted to let my fitness level fall by the wayside. It was at that point that I turned to running and never looked back.