Sunday, 9 June 2013

A Different Kind of "Race" Report

This will not be a race report per se, but a report on a small victory that perhaps was not so small.

On my first visit to the Rheumatologist in May, we found some pamphlets from the Canadian Arthritis Society, including one for a fundraising walk on June 9th at a local park (there were venues all across Canada for the same day). That seemed impossibly distant and also physically impossible for me to do at the time. After getting a steroid shot to alleviate symptoms, it seemed more likely that I could do the walk, so I started fundraising, eventually raising $465 (thank you so much, everybody!!!). Symptoms started creeping back in two weeks later, but I was still good enough to get there and do the 1 km option today.

The weather was lovely, some friends had come out and there was lots of great food, music and cool incentives, as well as info tables from some PT places and the Society itself, where I picked up some great lit.

It turned out that I was the only person doing the 1km, so although I started with everyone, the finish line was a lonely place, LOL! At least I didn't get lapped my the 5Kers. I hobbled slowly along (see my warning sign on my T-shirt below). Mike shadowed me every step of the way in case I couldn't make it and it was wonderful having his moral support. In all honesty, I would say this took me as much effort as a 10K at race pace. I went home and had a 2.5 hour nap after lunch.

So, long story short, it was a big victory for me, especially because yesterday was a bad day and I didn't think I'd be able to do this.

Here are some pics from the Big Day.



I should have had a flashing light on my head, too!

Toddling along.


  1. Awesome! A finish is a finish, it counts! But even more impressive, you started - that took courage, that took guts, that took determination. Congrats!

    What sticks even more to me, I would guess that the other folks doing the race had no idea how much effort it took for you to do this, no idea of the pain. What it required for you to complete this was far greater than any of the others doing any distance.

  2. So proud of you Deb and your awesome accomplishment in completing this new marathon. I love that your wacky sense of humor has not been touched as evidenced by the sign on your back. To me you are a Super-hero!

  3. Well done, dear Lady, well done.

    Bluedogs2 (AFFA)

  4. An awesome achievement Deb.