Why I Run Story

The Mission Inn Foundation loves to hear what motivates individuals to take part in the Mission Inn Run. What got them into running or if they were able to transform their health through running. We received a very inspirational story from Paul Lovette.

He wrote:

 Why I run, at the age of 45 I recently had two bouts of atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) six months apart requiring hospitalization to convert it back to a normal rhythm. Spending the night in the cardiac step down unit and the ICU was quite scary from me as well as my wife and kids. Converting my heart back to normal sinus rhythm required applying an electrical shock to stop my heart giving it the opportunity to start beating normally. Unfortunately for me this was unsuccessful and in the end the doctors successfully used IV medication to restore my heart back to a regular beat. I believe job stress and a sedentary lifestyle contributed to this problem. My cardiologist strongly encouraged me to exercise to help prevent this problem from reoccurring. So why do I run? I run for heart health, my wife and to see my girl grow up and start families of their own. I started running in June of this year and have gone from sitting around to running 16 to 20 miles a week at a minimum and it has only been 2 ½ months. My cardiologist is happy and I am feeling great.”


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