The Story of my 5k walk - Saturday, 29th April:
After a good night’s sleep, I got up refreshed and ready for the Moving Day 5k walk for PD research. We (Mike & I) left home for the venue at around 8 AM, arriving at around 9AM.
When I was registering, the lady processing my registration looked up & said, “Oh, you’re the one who’s in 2nd place in overall donations, and put your team into 1st place”. I was confused because last time I checked, on Friday night, I was in 3rd overall and our team, “Team Neuroboxing” was in 2nd.
Turns out our good friends Steve & Sam had made a large enough donation to catapult me into 2nd place in overall personal donations ($2,165.00 raised by me so far which is 86% of the $2,500.00 goal I set for myself - not too shabby in 4 days of fundraising) and Team Neuroboxing into 1st place in total funds raised between all the teams. So a big THANKS goes out to Steve & Sam for their very generous gift yesterday.
We picked up our Team Neuroboxing T-shirts and Mike met many of my co-PD Fighters acquaintances & friends. A big shout goes out to Janeen (Jan) Pedersen for driving all the way to support me through the walk. Her 2 dogs, beautiful Lily & funny little Harry came along for the walk and were a big hit amongst the walkers.
The walk set off a little late at around 10:45 ish, and we were off. There was a large turnout and I was surprised to see a whole bunch of people at the front, RUNNING. Mike made a joke, saying “They are all about 14 years old”.
As we proceeded on the walk, Mike began to warn me to slow down, because I was trying to catch up with some of my team members who were pulling away from us (Mike, Jan, the dogs & me). But I felt ok, so I carried on.
After a mile or so into the walk Mike began suggesting I stop and cool off for a bit, but, being the stubborn gal I can sometimes be, I told him, truthfully, that if I stopped, I might not be able to continue, so I carried on.
This got Mike very frustrated, because he was very concerned about my face, which gets VERY red when I work out (this is a family thing… we all get alarmingly red-faced during high cardio workouts), and he wasn’t used to seeing me in this state.
At the right turn after crossing the bridge over the arroyo I decided to turn back and join the other walkers who were on the return trip. I still felt I could’ve gone the distance, because one walker said it wasn’t very far before the regular turn around point, but by this time Mike was just about beside himself with worry over my condition.
I wanted to stay for the closing ceremonies, but Mike wanted to get me home, out of the heat and, as there were still walkers coming in, we left for home. His biggest concern was that I’d overdone it and would end up in the e.r. from exhaustion & dehydration.
BUT, I woke up today, Sunday, feeling fine and ready for my next go-around.
I must admit, though, that I was dragging a bit, and getting back was a challenge, but I made it all the way through the finish line and I only missed a small part near the halfway point, so I should be proud of myself.
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of my friends & family who supported me with their loving encouragement through txt notes, FaceTime, etc. and amazing donations for the fight against Parkinson’s and research into a possible cure.
Thank you all. I love you to pieces,
ps. I didn’t take any pics, but a lot of other people did, so as soon as some become available, I’ll post them to this, and my fb wall as well as other social media sites. xxx