- Stephanie McDuffie
- Hello I am Stephanie M. Freeman and I have created this to let everyone walk with me through my journey I am taking to accomplish my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.Running is such a passion of mine. When I was 14 years old I experienced a life changing event that gave me this passion. I suffered a brain injury from a car accident that left me in a wheelchair & with no hope to ever walk again. For 2 months of my life I prayed for my miracle, and with strength and determination I proved all my doctors & nurses wrong... I walked again!When I run now a days I let this memory drive me harder than ever to be the best person/runner I can be! So therefore I know this goal of mine WILL happen for me and I will make most sure of it!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I am sitting here in front of my computer on this Sunday morning and all I have in my mind is determination.... Determination is everything in life, to me it overcomes all things! I have said this before that I have been blessed throughout my life to have met alot of different individuals who have shown so much of this quality. I was also blessed with those people in my life who made me show just how much strength and determination I had. But altogether I was given this quality and I will use it to my fullest.
I had a conversation with someone recently that gave me such a reality check. They said I had put so much effort into my dreams and passions that I have began to overlook some of the more important aspects of my life. While this statement I feel is probably true, the only proper defense I had to say was that I was absolutely determined to make things happen because I have learned that I am the only one I can depend on. I felt this same push from within me when I was training for my very first marathon. At that time I was married to someone who couldn't understand my reasons for wanting this so bad and certainly didn't support any of it. I took that push and ran that race and divorced that asshole before things got worse. So the best thing I can say to defend myself to this is it is now or never and I choose to use my determined mindset to attain my goals in life. I understand there will be many different delays in my goal but I keep in my mind I will get there! I have removed all doubts and I know this will happen for me and I realize I have to put some things to the side for a while but all of this will pay off for me in the long run!
If there is any advice I can give anyone, it would be to use your passion and determination to the fullest. It has taken me years to get this involved in all of my running adventures and projects. I use this determination I aquired through the many struggles I've had to teach me I can do this! And I will not let anyone break my spirit for this or anything else I have going on in my life. It took me a long time to feel this way but I realize now that things will all work out!