Today I participated in Beat the Bridge – Race to Cure Diabetes 8k.  I participated because my friend Kim in Atlanta, asked me.  She has had type 1 diabetes for most of her life and has become a strong activist to find a cure.   I am proud of her humility and inner-strength to ask all those she knew to help her by participating in this race.  Luckily I was able to convince a few friends here in Seattle to participate with me, especially when it is still cold and rainy. I haven’t been able to run in many months due to a foot injury, so this was my first race, and I planned to stagger between walk and running as I slowly build my tolerance back.  I needed a good reason to get back at it, and am so glad I signed up.  The event was inspiring and motivating for me after being side-lined for so long with an injury but more importantly because I was able to share love and support with my friends, old and new.

First — there were a ton of people who came out to run in the POURING RAIN to support such an important cause.  I thought of my friend Kim and others who have diabetes and the struggles they face– and how thankful I am to have my strong body…and how I must treat it kindly.

Second — I just love the feeling of seeing and being involved in an active lifestyle.  Seeing fast runners, slow runners, walkers, wheelchair racers, families and friends participating together or alone is motivating to me!  There is an energy and it is contagious!   I don’t know if my foot is ready—but I am!!

Third — I ran it with my friends…and met friends after to share our silly story of walking and running (yes, the running was surprisingly comfortable and without pain).  It’s a shared experience and that’s what makes it special to me.

I’m lucky because all  this excitement will carry over into my week.  I can’t wait to work with my boot campers and my seniors at my retirement community where I work.  Both groups work hard to do their best. Doing their BEST means they are living and getting stronger—and I am thankful for the motivation they give me in return. Let’s remember how special our health is, how special our friends are and how sharing the journey together makes it all worth while.