Monday Inspiration: Noah Galloway
7 years ago today, Noah Galloway awoke in hospital after an Improvised Explosive Device attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. It had been his second tour serving in the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
When Noah woke up after the IED attack, he discovered he had lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. Now retired from the army, Noah does everything he can to prove to himself and others how someone who is considered disabled can become an inspiration to both disabled and body able individuals. He spends his life encouraging people to exercise, live a healthy lifestyle and motivate themselves to push their limits despite what others say. We caught up with Noah to find out more about this incredible man:
7 years ago, you woke up on Christmas Eve after an IED attack which has left you as a double amputee, how has that day changed your life?
It left me missing the military and deployments, but where I am today wouldn't be possible without that injury. I am happy with my life and wouldn't change anything that happened to me. The way I see it, I enjoy being challenged, in a sense, everyday is a challenge and I intend to conquer it as I would any other obstacle. And I can confidently say I have.
I got into obstacle racing to show my brothers in arms I served with that I was ok, and to prove it to myself. It became something that motivated others by showing them what is capable with a little work.
You've raced with Team Xtreme, who are they?
Team Xtreme was pushing themselves to the limits to Honor and Empower injured Veterans as well and I wanted to join those with the same goals I have.
You're a real inspiration and an excellent example of how with the right attitude and hard work, anyone can overcome tough situations. What would you say has been your proudest moment?
Its hard to pin point one single moment. I am still shocked by all the emails and facebook messages I recieve on a daily basis from so many people that have been motivated by pictures of my competing in events. But most importantly, I feel like I am showing my three kids that nothing should ever hold them back from pushing themselves and doing their best.
What's your next obstacle race going to be?
2013 will be full of more races, from Tough Mudders, Spartan races, Marathons and CrossFit events. Gotta sit down soon and plan them all out. December is all training but the races start back up in January. I guess the first will be a Spartan exhibition being held in Time Square January 17th.
And finally, what's the story behind that kilt?
The kilt started at my first Warrior Dash, it made sense because it was a Scottish themed event and I am Scottish. Once I saw how awesome I looked, I thought it needed to stay. My goal is to get a nice one in the family Galloway Tartan, haven't found one yet though.
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