I'm ready to run.
A few years ago I saw a quote hanging in my favorite bakery downtown Chicago that said, “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.” It’s as if this quote was pressed upon my heart in that moment (well, convince me I needed to buy that extra cupcake, despite the extra calories) but also to help remind me to focus on what I can control during tough times when so many things are out of my control. :) I’ve used, no scratch that, I’ve CLUNG this quote these last twelve months to allow myself grace as I navigated through this pandemic year. Aside from eating sugar, I have always found comfort in walking outdoors. This past year, I have been able to walk outside more than ever before in my life. This gift of being outdoors more often has allowed me to be more reflective on what is truly important. Which brings me to the reason I write this post...
Many of you may or may not know my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about 17 years ago. This information is not often preferred to be talked about, let alone posted about on social media. But the way my mom has navigated through these last almost two decades truly brings a smile to my face because of her strength and constant determination. I am so inspired by her that I simply must honor her for her upcoming 70th birthday this October in the way I know how--walking through life doing the best I can with what I have.
For this reason, I will be walking/jogging the Chicago Marathon on 10.10.21 as a member of the Champions team for the Parkinson’s Foundation. This is to honor my mother (whose birthday happens to be 10.11.21). She has done a remarkable job of maintaining a positive mindset and not letting this disease get the best of her. Believe me, I am not looking to set any world records for my marathon time. In fact, the goal is to stay just far enough ahead of the street sweepers. I am looking forward to taking on these 26.2 miles and hoping you will choose to support me in some way, shape, or form. Maybe you can commit to coming downtown to cheer me and the other (faster) marathon runners on, maybe you want to train with me on my long walks\jogs, or maybe you want to donate to a great foundation and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Should you feel compelled, I would be honored for you to donate to this charity using the link below to help bring an end to this disease that impacts so many people on a daily basis like my mom. I understand that this last year has presented many challenges for many of us, so I appreciate your consideration and hope you will also feel drawn to do the best you can, with what you have, where you are, no matter what that looks like.
Thanks for your consideration and support! Sure, I may exercise so I can eat cupcakes, but I also want to exercise for a good cause. Here’s to doing the best we can with what we have, where we are, one step at a time. :)