Jingle Bells Batman…I HOPE I have not lost my marbles.
I have decided to attempt to walk the Jingle Bells Run/Walk 5k for Arthritis this December in Glendale, CA.
DID YOU KNOW…
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
CHECK OUT the event info:
DID YOU KNOW…
Fifty million Americans (1 in 5 adults) have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor.
Help me FIND A WAY to get around some foreseeable obstacles.
1. Visual stimulus can be OVERWHELMING with a vestibular condition. Crowded restaurants, malls, and grocery stores produce sensory overload. Walking solo is one thing; walking alongside hundreds of people is another ballgame.
Question: Would it be smarter to start at the back of the race/walk pack?
2. I have become quickly accustomed to using one walking stick. I prefer it.
Question: Should I start using both sticks with the added stimulus of an event like this?
3. Registration begins from 6:30-8:00am. I expect a ton of people and long lines (Maybe i’m wrong. I have never done something like this before). I don’t need to be sidelined before I even get to participate!
Question: Do you think they would consider allowing me to pre-register so I don’t have to deal with the crowds?
4. It has taken me 7 years to be able to walk 2.1 miles.
Question: Do I have enough time to prepare for a 5k? How many days a week of walking would I have to log in to achieve the goal? (Note: I walked a total of 3.5 miles today, BUT I had to stop at the 1/2 point resting 20-25 minutes before I could make it back home.) I want to have enough stamina to make it through!
I will speak with my Vestibular Rehab Therapist (she is gonna love this) on Thursday to see if I can get the green light! FINGERS CROSSED!
P.S. FIRST THINGS FIRST… Getting permission.