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Monday, September 10, 2012

A run of remembering

Two days ago-LITERALLY- I lay in bed procrastinating and complaining it was too hot to drag my ass out of bed for a run.

Today-I lay in bed procrastinating and complaining it was cooler and cooler weather dries my throat out and make it harder for me to breath.

WHAT THE HELL! I have issues!

 I (perhaps like others) will often find ANY excuse to put off/procrastinate/avoid doing something that is challenging.

Not all my runs are challenging, but they all require the first step. Sometimes there is the accountability of meeting up with fellow runners; often it's just me and the trail; always there is the first step out the door.

In the end all the excuses in the world simply add up to excuses!

Then it dawned on me...often we face challenges in life that we weren't expecting and would certainly never choose.

Running is a "challenge" in life I've chosen-heading out the door to tackle that challenge boils down to my choice.  Today I chose to run as I remembered and celebrated those who have bravely faced challenges in life they never chose.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Running and raising MY Autism awareness

My son has an Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.  He was older when we received his diagnosis. Little changed with an actual diagnosis.  He's the baby, the youngest, while not "exactly" babied-he's been watched out for and looked after by so many in his life including and especially his 3 older siblings.

Driving home the other day it was just my son and I. Normally quiet, I was startled when he burst out with some random crazy noise/movement. I said "Why do you do that?" His response: "Why do YOU do that-ask me why I do stuff all the time?" "You don't ask everyone else that!----stupid Autism!"

I have at times chosen words so carefully so that I don't hurt or upset him, often only to realize he didn't really care.  This time-a seemingly innocent comment-bothered him.

I realized (again) that while his diagnosis doesn't define my son, it is a part of him.

How does this relate to my running?

This year I participated in a local 8k race that raises funds for the local chapter of the Autism Society-supporting Autism awareness.

This year I will also participate in a 5k race sponsored by the local Autism Society in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Autism.

As a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum and living Autism daily-clearly I still benefit from Autism Awareness!!

There are races all over raising funds for all sorts of great causes.  If you are a runner, I challenge you-find a cause-pick a race and run!
Even better if it's for Autism Awareness!