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North Carolina high school senior runs despite multiple sclerosis

Posted by Doug Saffir  March 5, 2014 09:26 AM

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Running is hard. There are so many obstacles: having to go outside, stretching, and (worst of all) taking time away from eating your weight in Nutella.

So if you don't run, it's understandable. But maybe you shouldn't watch the video above since it's going to make you feel pretty terrible about yourself.

It will have that effect because Kayla Montgomery, the subject of the video, is amazing. She's amazing because she chooses to run, is relatively successful at it, and does it all despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

According to the New York Times feature on Montgomery, the disease blocks communication between her brain and the nerve endings in her legs, meaning that as she runs her races, her legs become increasingly numb. At the end, her coach has to stand at the ready to catch her when she inevitably collapses.

Somehow, that has not served as a deterrent for the North Carolina high school senior. She won a state title in the 3,200 meter race with a time that puts her in the top 25 runners in the country. And next week, she'll be in New York to contend for a national title in the 5,000 meter event at the national indoor track championships.

So as you read this, feel free to continue sitting on your couch licking Nutella off your fingers, but know that out there in the world you can find people who are overcoming obstacles that are way harder than stretching.

(H/T Deadspin)

Reach me at douglas.saffir@globe.com. Follow me @dougsaffir

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