Power of Running- Sara's Story

Sara Solomon's Story 

Hi. My name is Sara Solomon but some people call me Lizzy.  I am 22 years old and I have spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. This affects my motor skills and my speech; the message from my brain doesn't completely get to my limbs. It’s like playing the telephone gamee…what goes in isn't what comes out the same. My disability makes it hard to walk, much less run! However, with the assistance of a reverse walker, I started running about five years ago with the Achilles International-Nashville Chapter. I initially used my walker to complete in runs, mostly 5ks. I was the first one to start and the last one to finish, taking 3 hours or more to finish. Last November I decided to do the Disney 5K with our Achilles group. In this race, you could not use a walker so; I decided to use a handcycle.  Disney would be my first race on the handcycle.  My time was 49:35. When people ask me why I run I tell them mostly for fun, and for fitness. Sometimes life gets too complicated and running seems to make life simpler. When running a race it’s important to me is to have fun and to inspire others by showing them that if I can do it, they can do it! I love tutus, I love to dress up for runs in whatever theme the race is. Lots of other runners encourage me along the route. I hope to inspire and remind them that it is only a race, we are all gonna get to the same finish line! After Disney, I continued to train on my handcycle and currently I am training for the Philadelphia 8k. In January I am doing the Houston Half. And after that, who knows where? Wish me luck! 

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