What if you start running but do not know how to stop? The amazing story of Kayla Montgomery

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Kayla Montgomery, a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 14 years.  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerve cells, breaking the communication of brain with the spinal cord and other body parts short circuits and there is no cure.

Kayla Montgomery loved to play soccer and wanted to make her career in it. But with MS, she had to give up soccer which is a contact sport.

What Kayla did after learning that she will not be able to play soccer will amaze you! She started running and competing in distant running competitions. But the biggest problems that arises when she runs is that her rising body temperature gradually fades away her senses and she loses her sense to feel her legs. She just knows that she is running, but can’t calculate how fast she is running or how to stop her legs from running. She always needs someone to stop her after the final loop and immediately cool her off, to gain her senses back.

Watch the video to know how from a soccer player, she become one of the best young distance runners in her country. In this video, Tom Rinaldi tells the remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery.

'E:60' – Catching Kayla

 

Kayla Montgomery’s success story is incomplete without mentioning few words about her coach Patrick Cromwell. It was Kayla’s coach, who not only believed in her potentials but also pushed her with just the right amount.

I feel nothing! I run because it makes me happy and it makes me feel normal. While running, I feel battling and safe for myself – Kayla Montgomery

Kayla Montgomery has set many records in long distance running and has own many awards including North Carolina State titles where she won the 3,200-meter race in 10:43 minutes. As a runner, she is ranked 21st in the whole country.

Source: Sportswriter100