Don't Tell Me I Can't

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's often said that winning isn't what defines us, but having the courage to push ourselves past the obstacles in our life that does. And Alison Delgado will be doing just that when she participates in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon this coming Sunday in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Alison's story is featured in the June 2012 issue of Runner's World and chronicles her amazing journey from winning the 2005 Flying Pig Marathon to overcoming a traumatic head injury she suffered in a cycling accident back in October 2010 to finding herself toeing the starting line at the event she claimed to fame just seven years earlier. This weekend Alison, along with runners from across the country, will take part in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon, her first marathon since that eventful day just 18 month earlier.

According to the article, Alison was allowed to return to running in March of 2011 and she has not stopped since. Putting in the same effort and diligence to her training that she did when she ran her first marathon in 2005 she will go show Cincinnati and the rest of the world that obstacles do not have to take us off course in our lives.

While I have not had the honor to meet this young lady, I did have the opportunity this past weekend to experience similar stories of those overcoming obstacles. I was blessed to participate in the Mini-Derby in Louisville, Kentucky along with of those raising funds for Team Reeve. This team raises money for The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for spinal cord injury and paralysis research as well as providing resources for those needing assistance. It was difficult to miss the neon green shirts the team sported and if you had the chance like I did to stand behind a team member, than you were blessed to read the following words--

"For everyone who thought I couldn't do it...
For everyone who said I shouldn't do it..
For everyone who said I didn't have it in me...
See ya at the finish line!"

In all my races I have never participated in one where I noticed the Team Reeve participants. Not knowing too much about this charity, I proceeded to run my race. When I was done I found my SparkFriends who had also finished their race and we made our way to the Finish Line to cheer the participants on.

About 4 hours into the race we saw the walkers with the neon green Team Reeves shirts. At first I thought they were coming into the finish as a team, but after a second glance they were not only making their way to the finish line, but they were encouraging participants who had suffered a spinal cord injury to finish. To see someone struggle to walk 25 yards and NOT once did any of them give up, was beyond inspirational, it was a life-changing moment for me.

This moment taught me that anything is possible. We do not have to let the obstacles in our life keep us from living. We do not have to give up on living because we have been given a raw deal. We do not have to let all our hopes and dreams go because we have these obstacles. Instead we can go out and live our lives and follow our dreams even if we have to change the way we envisioned doing so.

For all the Alisons in the world and all the Team Reeve participants THANK YOU for allowing me and the rest of the world to experience the joy of overcoming obstacles.  So the next time you say, I can't, think about those who struggled to walk with guidance, crutches, splints and walkers and spending hours training for an event . As the running shirt I saw at the Expo the day before read--"Running slow is not a character flaw, but QUITTING IS!"

Do you like reading stories like this? Do you find they inspire you to do whatever you can do to move forward in your life?

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BANEWLAND 2/12/2020
Great article. Thanks for sharing. Report
PICKIE98 6/9/2019
Do not limit yourself.. Report
Excellent Report
when they say we cant most say yes we can Report
Great story! inspiring! Report
I consulted with my physician about whether I could walk a half marathon to raise money for Team in Training due to having asthma. I can't tell you how many times he repeated that I couldn't. However, I had already been training and was confident my asthma would not be a problem. I ended up completing a full marathon. I never told him I completed double the distance he said I couldn't at a good speed. I'd love to wear my medal into his office for a physical one of these days. Report
I walked that 5k 6 weeks ahead of schedule.. I did it in 1 hour and 9 minutes on thanksgiving day. I came in DEAD LAST, but I won big time. Report
this hits home.after 7 spine surgeries, chronic pain for 20 years, using a wheelchair for any distance at all, I am up and walking. My goal is to walk a 5K on my birthday in january, wearing a purple tutu and a tiara, with my friends walking with me. I will also be fundraising for Beads of Courage at the same time. Yesterday I made the 2 mile mark. WOO HOO. I have a great pain specialist, a physical therapist that works miracles, and a lot of hard work on my part. I WILL do this!!!!! Report
Awesome!!!!!!!!! Report
Thank you for sharing this!!!!!!!! Report
It appears that I always find someone like this in every race I do! THAT's I why I have a hard time with "I can't do it!" Great article! Report
I'm printing this article out to give to a patient of mine who has suffered a similar situation and always struugles with the "I Can't Do It" comments when we come to see them for physical therapy. I think this will really help them to heal past the trauma and push forward towards their goals. Report
This is truly an inspiration to those who have had their hopes crushed in the past due to horrible injuries such as this. News & stories like this bring inspiration & bring those hopes alive once more! Amazing post! Report
Great article Nancy. Thanx for sharing the inspiration! Report
Thank you for a great story... very inspiring. Report
Well written, Nancy! Brought tears to my eyes and thankfulness that none of my family has had to overcome such injuries. God Bless those who have. Report
There are so many times I feel like I can't do something or giving up. The more inspirational stories I read like this, the better, since I see that others who have more problems than I do actually CAN do things I sometimes think are impossible. Report
amazing story that we all need to hear. There are no excuses and we need to feel grateful for our health. Report
wow!! totally wonderful and awesome!

see you at the finish line INDEED! :) Report
Thank you for sharing this story, it is a kick in the pants, a reality check for all of those sitting around without major health issues but who feel like we can not do something. Report
Sniff, sniff . . . thanks for sharing. An amazing story . . . more blogs like this. They are so inspiring. Congratulations to Team Reeve!! Some amazing stories were shared at the St. Luke's HM--after hearing them you just had to dig deep and try your hardest. Report
Thank you for sharing this. Humbling & inspiring. These folks are role models for all of us. Report
Thanks for sharing! Report
Tears again!
Yes, these stories inspire me and remind how very fortunate I am, and that I should not squander that fortune so cavalierly.
Please Coach Nancy, keep these stories coming!
C~ Report
Thank you. Report
Awesome Story. Very inspirational. Please bring more stories like this to us. It is amazing what handicap and disabled people can and do overcome and accomplish with their lives. God Bless Them and all the people that works with them. God Bless Everyone and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
Very moving. Thank you. Report
Thanks for the great blog! So inspiring! Report
Great story, thank you so much for sharing. Just what I need at the moment. I have my own problems with walking at the moment, but nothing like this. Report
AWESOME blog my sweet friend. . .you are amazing. Report
WOW!!! Just when I was sitting here feeling sorry for myself for thinking I didn't have what it takes to lose these 40 lbs. this article slapped me right in the face. If these people can run their race, how dare I, or anyone else, think that we can't do anything we truly put our minds to. You have inspired me to keep on keeping on. Thank you, I needed this today! Report
This made me cry, as I struggle with my own walking issues. :-) Report
Thanks for a great blog! Stories like this humble and inspire me. Report
Very inspiring! Report
Yes, I like reading stories like this :-) It is indeed very inspiring and reminds me that my problems can be overcome, too. Report
Thank you for a great post! It was very inspirational and motivating, Report
Great story, many thanks for sharing it with us Report
I often gain a much better perspective on my life when I take the time to read or see what others are dealing with. (My issues become so much smaller!)

Thanks for taking the time to share the inspiration! Report
I read this story on your FB page the other day -- and cried. It made me cry again tonight when I read it. Thanks for sharing this inspirational story! I need to read this again and again. Report
Thank you for helping me to see that there is always a positive outcome out there - we just need to believe its the one for ourselves. Report
Great Blog Report
Great story! Very inspiring :) Report
Thanks so much for sharing! Very inspiring! I read the article in "Runners Mag."and loved it! Thanks again for a wonderful blog! Report
Great blog, Nancy! Report
Loved it I should have read it earlier today I sure do wish I had. Thanks Nancy Pat in Maine. Report
So very very inspiring, thank you so much for posting this blog, it really exemplifies the power of the human spirit! Report