DAVE TRAN - RUNNINGIt has always been a dream of mine to run a marathon. My sister is my first inspiration to run one. I would look in awe at her when she would tell stories of completing a marathon in one of the major U.S. cities or on some exotic remote island. The idea of running 26.2 miles over 4 to 5 hours on purpose used to seem far-fetched. Why on Earth would someone dedicate their life to this? I knew that type of  life was possible, but didn’t know if it was something I could do or achieve.

Now the time has come for me to train for my first marathon. I registered to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 24, 2016. As a tribute to those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever by the bombing, Oklahoma City hosts the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon as a “A Run to Remember.”

I learned a lot of valuable life and health principles throughout this training process that I want to personally share with you, especially when it comes to something as difficult as running 26.2 miles or as important as your own health and well-being.

First, seek out the help of experts in the field. Granted, my sister is a well-accomplished marathon runner and I value her opinion. However,  I also reached out to a local runner’s club and specialty store who regularly support and help people achieve their running goals. Just like in marathon training, it is best to seek out experts in the field when it comes to your health; our doctors at The Specific see people that suffer from chronic health conditions just like you all the time.

Next, every big goal – whether it is running 4 to 5 hours in one day or achieving optimal health –  takes time. The last thing I would want to do is to jump right into a marathon expecting to complete it without any problems. I wish that I could deliver that perfect adjustment where a patient is instantly healed. In reality, the process of reaching full health potential where the nervous system has normalized and the body has positively adapted takes time, even with the most specific adjustments.

Lastly, never give up. It is very easy to get distracted with all of the life challenges that get in the way of achieving a goal such as running a marathon or getting (and staying well). Stay committed! Anything worth achieving takes time, money, and energy. Do not lose hope of living a life free from pain and suffering.

I am super excited to hear the countless stories on how patients completed their own health marathon, and what it took to reach their health goals. We are very fortunate to have multiple locations across the country to serve you. We promise to dedicate the time, and will never give up on you and your health marathon.