HOW-TO Save A Heart III: Samantha Survives An InjuryBy Samantha von Sperling | May 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Image Gal Samantha von Sperling preps for her annual run to save the heart. To make a donation to her run, visit Samantha’s Heart Walk page.
On May 28, I will participate in my third American Heart Association Wall Street 5K Run. This became a consistent part of my life after suffering a mild heart attack. Three stents and a will to thrive keep me on the path. There are many softer, gentler regimens, but running allows for the multitasking of meditation and exercise.
Last August, a sprained Achilles made a complete mess of my fall/winter training. In short, I didn’t. Nine months later, a new attitude is born. I realized the body needed love, rest and patience to heal.
This is a very different attitude from years of enduring pain, 800-calorie a day-mostly lettuce diets and other drastic remedies in an all-out war against my body. Even though I was thrilled that things still look like the late 20s on the outside, on the inside it started to feel closer to the truth.
At physical therapy, I fight to crackle, pop and snapback. Adaptability is part of survival. When we are injured, we heal and start again.
And once again I run because I can again.
Support Samantha in her run for 2015.