756 miles. I have run 756 miles since June 6, 2015, and I am grateful for each and every one of them.
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, a car hit me while I was crossing the street in a crosswalk. As a pedestrian with the “walk” sign flashing, I had the right of way. The car, turning left toward me, did not; however, in the traffic game of life, right or wrong, the car will always win in this scenario. I was knocked a few feet forward and landed on the road.
X-rays at the hospital confirmed that nothing was broken, so besides a few days of limping, soreness and what was probably a mild concussion, I was fine. I was better than fine; I was very, very lucky. If I had landed at a different angle or if the car had been driving faster, I could have been seriously injured or worse. I like to joke about the incident now because there were no long-term issues as a result but that is more a statement about my personality than the incident itself.
I am well aware of how lucky I am even now, almost 10 months later. I recovered quickly after the incident and was back up and running the following Saturday. Running is a significant part of my life. Beyond exercise, running provides me with an outlet to shed stress and anxiety, to relieve myself of the things we all worry about, even if just for an hour or two.
So much of life is about context and how we view life's events through that lens. I look back on June 6 almost every day; not out of fear of getting hit by another car, but out of appreciation for how lucky I was and fortunate I am to have been able to run these 756 (and counting) wonderful miles. You might hear me talking about a run that I just completed, and my focus is always on my own personal achievements and not a chance for me to “humble brag” (or at least that’s how I hope it comes across). I am not breaking records or winning awards, but I am outdoing my harshest critic each and every day.
Your 756 miles could be something completely different in your life; something that you will not take for granted because your context has shifted due to an event in your life.
What is your 756?