I have won a battle! Saturday I ran for the first time in 3 years. As most of you know I hurt my back about 3 years ago and lost the movement in my left foot due to nerve damage. My foot has been paralyzed since then and I struggle to just walk without tripping and falling due to it just hanging there when i pick my leg up. This in return makes me walk funny and very slow so I dont fall. After my back surgery 2 years ago the doctors hoped the nerves would heal and I would get the use of my foot back but the damage was done and I deal with it. I was given a brace that was supposed to help with walking but since my foot is a size 17 the brace was well not acceptable and I never used it. I tried a few times but the pain it caused was not worth it, I would take my chances and fall a couple times a week. It never injured me and was a great comedic relief for that day because when a man that is 6'7" and 450 lbs falls, it is an event! But any way a couple months ago I got fitted for a custom brace that was made just for my foot. I tried it briefly a couple times and was not impressed and it still hurt my foot, so I shelved it again and said screw it. But as I continue to battle my obesity and work towards my goal of the Sprint Triathlon on July 23rd, I realized I have to be able to start training to run and I cant do it without something to control my paralyzed foot. So Saturday I bit the bullet strapped on the brace and worked through the pain, which only lasted a little bit once my foot got acclimated. I ran for about 30 minutes and played basketball (by myself) and was in pure heaven feeling like I had no restrictions to my health. I have dealt with this semi-disability for 3 years and now I feel there is nothing holding me back from completing my goals. If it doesnt challenge me, it wont change me. I am changing everyday, and everyday its a challenge. But I keep my eye on the prize and I pick myself up and dust myself off every time I fall to just work harder than the last time. Here is a quote from one of my favorite movies, Rocky Balboa. Words to live by.