Saturday, November 6, 2010

World Run Day~ Who will you run for??

Runners are asked to celebrate the sport of running on the day by promoting the health benefits of running to others and running “their own course” by either themselves or with a small group. Many participants send a monetary donation directly to their favorite charity.The 2010 World Run Day Event Shirt was first unveiled in Boston at the Boston Marathon Expo. World Run Day takes place Sunday, November 7th this year. Registration is available now thru Nov 7th on Your event shirt will be mailed out to you as soon as possible. ~from

To register for this event click HERE
Tomorrow is World Run Day-are you running??
I will be running in honor of my mother-in-law who has MS. I am lucky to have a very close relationship with her and I love hear dearly. So it will be an honor to run with her on my mind tomorrow.
This is a journal entry from early summer and I think it is a perfect reminder to be thankful for our legs that run!!
Yesterday I spent the day with my mother-in-law visiting her friend, Marilyn at her home on Hills Beach. It was a perfect day-sunny and warm. My MIL was excited to show off her granddaughter, Lola.
You see, my mother-in-law has MS (multiple sclerosis) and it paralysed from the waist down. She has been in a wheelchair since 1992. Her friend of many, many years-Marilyn-was in a severe car crash a while ago and she is now a paraplegic. Just watching these two do daily things we take for granted really got me thinking about how lucky I am. I am active and healthy. Today. This could not be the case tomorrow. I could be hit by a car. I could become ill. I could lose the use of my arms and legs.
So the four of us went for a long "walk" along the beach, of course since they are both in electric wheelchairs, our journey was on the road that follows the curve of the beach. We talked about life, admired the beautiful homes we passed. Marilyn told me about how fun it was raising her 3 children at the beach. She told me about her nursing career. Marilyn now works as an advocate for people with disabilities and assists others in obtaining the very expensive medical equipment needed for people who are paralysed.

We went out for lunch and although my MIL has control of her arms and hands, Marilyn is not so fortunate. She needs to use a special drinking cup and utensils. We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed more conversation. Lola showed off her eating skills as well and made many of the patrons laugh with her antics. Our day together came to an end and we parted ways with promises of doing the same again very soon.

Then I went for a vigorous run...because I can. The next time I am feeling like I don't want to run or work out, I will remember yesterday. And I will walk, run, bike, swim, whatever...because I am thankful that I can.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

i will run

Jason said...

Thank you for sharing. Tomorrow I am running for my Dad. I posted about the reason I am running for him tomorrow here:

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Have a wonderful run tomorrow!

Caratunk Girl said...

This is a really great reminder to be thankful for what we have, thank you for this.

Emz said...

JL - I loved this post.
I had never heard of WRD. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
You. Rock.
Loving the last paragraph.
Run on my friend.

Aimee said...

Awesome post! Thank you for sharing it. World Run day is amazing!!