It's been a little while since I have visited here hasn't it? It's been a challenging week here for me. As you know, I have been dealing with the never ending back issues and they have been particularly bad these last 2 weeks. It was suggested to me last week after my second PT session that I might want to use a cane. Me....I say "WTF?" No, that is not going to happen, but after 2 days of almost being unable to walk, I started to wonder if the PT lady was right. Just as I was about ready to give up hope and get that cane, the work the PT woman, Karen, along with the neuro massage I had with an amazing Massage Therapist, Tamara, on Monday started to kick in and I started feeling much better and hopeful.
I don't like to talk about this stuff here on the blog, because...well....I don't like to be that person who complains and this is not what this post is about if you continue reading. :-)
As I was flipping thru my little Tao book to find a passage for today, the above one just jumped out at me. I belong to a very supportive group of knitters who are trying to stay fit. A lot of them have become runners by using the C25K program (which is a great app btw)
As much as I want to run, it's just not a reality for me right now. I had started the program and had to stop when my back flared up, but I stayed with the group to cheer on those who were making milestones in their progress and to stay motivated to get back to it again someday.
The above pictures were taken today on my 3.2 mile power walk. I will admit that I had to limp the last 10th of a mile home, but it was huge for me to be able to do this just a week after being told I might consider getting a cane to hobble around with.
Soo....last night I signed up to walk a 5k race in December. It's called The Hot Chocolate Run. It's a fund raiser for Safe Passage,the organization addressing domestic violence in Hampshire County. I actually signed up for the 2 mile walk, but I plan to walk the entire 5K.
One person who has been a real inspiration for me is Cate. Running didn't come easy for her either, but she has hung in there and is doing great now. She inspired me to sign up for this race and she is actually trying to raise money by running the 5K sponsored, so if you would like to help her along, you can sponsor her here.
There definitely are different ways to get to the same summit and I am climbing along in my own limited way, but I am so fortunate to have a whole body of people who have supported me along my journey....emotionally and physically. They have lifted my morale when I needed it, given me a push when I needed that too. I am one lucky lady and I hope I can always pay it forward.
Have a wonderful weekend!!