Headstone has been designed. I took a few pieces from other poems and few pieces from myself and wrote a poem that is special to us. It should be up by his Birthday which is on 6/29 and I'm super excited.
I jogged for 7 minutes in a row this morning at therapy. I would've kept going but they made me stop. I think I probably have a crazy smile on my face while I run. I REACHED MY GOAL TO RUN BY COLUM'S BIRTHDAY!!! My Physical Therapists don't know what to think of me. They aren't really used to patients with the drive that I have. I know I wasn't told I'd never walk again and am amazingly walking or anything. But, I'm way ahead of schedule and it feels really good. I'm super proud of myself. I just really love that runner's high! If you run you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, you either don't believe me or think it's unachievable for you. To get fully 'high' I have to run about 5 miles. So, I'm just getting a small runner's buzz. If you are just starting out the secret is to just jog really slow for as long as you can, then walk, repeat.
We are sorta throwing together a small Fun Run the day after Colum's Birthday 6/30 @ 8:00am at the fitness center in American Fork, Utah. It's not really going to be professional and you won't wear a number or get a t-shirt. It's free. It's going to be about 5k in distance. You can walk, you can skip, or you can run. We are going to have balloons and water at the end, so you can let go of a balloon at the end. Simple. In honor of Colum. And the beginning of a yearly tradition.
Next year, and hopefully every year I want to do a 5-10k run for Colum's Birthday. We will run in honor of Colum, you will get a t-shirt, and help raise money for a good cause. I want to do this to help give back and to help other families who are going through what we are. I want to do this because we have had so much love, generosity, and support shown to us. And I want to do this to help turn Colum's Birthday into a happy and joyful day; not a sad one.
|Thanksgiving morning '11. Ryan's 1st race! And the 1st race we ran together... the whole family. Colum totally held a graham cracker the whole way.|
I just want to make it clear that this is going to be a very low key race. But, if you've always wanted to run a race you can start training now, or make it a goal for next year. Or just grab your BFF and walk it. Have a good week!