All I Want For Christmas Is To Walk 5k To Fight Arthritis

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.

JB

DID YOU KNOW…

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

CHECK OUT the event info:

2012 Jingle Bell Run_Walk - Los Angeles, CA - Event Information

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!

Much love,
Marissa

P.S. FIRST THINGS FIRST… Getting permission.

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