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.

Arthritis Foundation App Encourages Community Interaction

THANK YOU App Culture.

Within seconds of downloading the Arthritis Foundation Tip Share App, I HAD ACCESS into a microcosm of the arthritis community.

FANTASTIC idea. A peer-to-peer app that allows community members to share tips helping each other manage arthritis.

An AWESOME feature is the ability to filter questions based on arthritis types.

I saw posts ranging from supplementation questions to alerting members of the Arthritis Foundation aquatics program.

Congrats Arthritis Foundation for using the latest technologies to connect your community!

I took a few screenshots for ya…

Arthritis Foundation App Screenshot 1

 

Arthritis Foundation App Screenshot 2

Much love,
Marissa