Sunday, May 08, 2011
I walked the 5K Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday. Since I live near the race site I walked 3/4 miles to get there 1 1/2 hour before race time to meet a friend and explore the exhibits and visit the breast cancer survivor area. It was all great fun, but then we had to walk back to the start life a couple blocks away. So, I'd already done about 1 1/2 miles before starting. I wondered if I could then finish the event because my ms doesn't always cooperate. The weather was perfect the crowd electric, the music inspirational and the cheerleading awesome. I made it the whole way and then walked a bit more to visit with others and to fill some time while the crowd thinned. There were 20,000 registered participants plus lots of kids, dogs, and walkers and runners participating who hadn't registered. I was so thrilled to look out on the crowd in front of and behind me. At he finish I got to march with other survivors in my years of survival group (11-15). From my vantage point as we stood for pictures I could see so many cheering faces all around. It was such a great celebration. From there I went to my daughter's house and sorted through some of our stuff still stored in her basement (actually we still own the home and are letting her family live there for a few years while her husband does a critical care fellowship nearby - he's a neurologist and we are really hoping they will stay in the area when he finishes). Anyway, by the time I did all my walking and packing and everything else I had completed nearly 18,000 steps. What an awesome day. That is so much better than I've been able to do in the past 15 years except for the few times I did more and ended up in the hospital. So, I believe I'm in a good place to start to see some success with that scale once again. We'll see. Meanwhile, I will remember this successful day and remember that I can do it again! Hooray!