Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I intend to continue with the couch to 5K because I'm one of those stubborn folks who doesn't like to give up. But now... I've found something in addition to a future autism 5K that really fires me up.
Not that the other didn't..if you know what I mean.. I'm not as articulate as some of the folks that post blog entries.
I'm close to my family... I love my mom and my "baby" brother. (Some baby, he's almost a foot taller than me!)....but I have always been the biggest daddy's girl around.
About nine years ago, I lost my father. While he died from a secondary (staph?) infection due to shingles, his immune system had been weakened by his long-term fight with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. When he died I was about 4 1/2 months pregnant with my son -- who had been conceived after a year of fertility treatments. So I was so grateful that my dad knew I was going to have my baby finally, but so *SO* sad that I never got to see my father hold him. And my son Thomas looks *SO* much like dad at a younger age, its not funny! Sometimes he will grin like my dad and my heart aches. And Dad would have gotten such a kick out of Georgia. Heck, he would have been the first one on the plane to go to China when my mom and I went. (grins)
I was cruising another site I go to healthdiscovery.net
(A weight watchers support site) when in one member's signature I saw a link to "Team in Training": a leukemia and lymphoma society program. www.teamintraining.org/
I need to find out more, but I think they help people train for various athletic events to raise money to fight leukemia and lymphoma. Now the running things include half marathons and marathons.... as a recently off the couch potato I'm not up to that YET.. but maybe one day! (I contacted my local chapter and hopefully someone will get back in touch with me.)
The idea of being able to do something like that in my dad's honor and memory REALLY fires me up. And Dad would be so happy for me if that helped me to stick to things and get healthy for myself and my family.