Walk To End Alzheimer’s 5K
(November 1, 2014)
It has been two months since I started training for the, Walk To End Alzheimer’s 5K and what a two months it has been. As you may recall I have Chronic Low Back Pain which keep me from walking long distances or for sitting for too long and if I do either my pain level raises. I am doing this for two reasons, first to support our friend who lives in the Anaheim, Ca. area and was earlier this year diagnosed with the early stages of this dreaded disease. And the second reason is to prove to myself that no matter what, if I set my mind to it I can still do it. There are people with different ailments that allow their condition to control their lives and let it dictate what they will and will not do, I am not one of those people. There will be runners completing this run/walk in 15-15 minutes and there will be walkers finishing it in say 20-30 minutes. With my back issues I will be lucky to finish the first mile in that time. I know for a fact that I will have to stop “Many Times” to stretch, let the spasms that will happen to stop and for various other reasons. If I finish this walk in under 75 minutes I will be shocked, but no matter how long it takes me to complete the 3 mile trek, “I Will Finish It.”
I started training on August 23, at a meager 205 lbs and here today, race day I weighed in at ___?___. I was at first unable to walk 1/4 1/2 3/4 1 mile(s) without having to stop and now I can walk 1/4 1/2 3/4 1 mile(s) with minimal effort. It is going to be interesting today due to, the rest of my team is from the Los Angeles area and will be walking in the Huntington Beach walk where as I will be walking here in Rancho Cordova, Ca. today around our local Kaiser hospital. I used the odometer on my car and from the exact end of our court around the hospital and surrounding land is exactly one mile, so three trips around fills the needed distance. My plan is to text Captain GJ (Steve’s wife) right when I start and again when I complete my journey (5K). Thank you to all those you donated to the, “Walk To End Alzheimer’s,” under my name. I’m hoping this is my first of many to come.
Thank You All,