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HOW-TO Save A Heart III: Samantha Survives An Injury

By   |   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 SamanthaΓÇÖs 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 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 snap back. 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.

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