I’ve asked family to keep mom safe so I can “Sharpen the Saw,” They have many times and it is always appreciated. They said yes, so I will go.
The streak will continue, it’s important to me and I will find a place every day, park the car, step out on the road, and do the miles. People will see the car, her signs, my shirt, and they may call the Alzheimer’s Association helpline, if they have questions about this horrific disease.
The wind will tell me where to go. Life is Good!
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” Jennifer Lee
My feelings surprise me, the excitement. A couple of friends have let me know they think it’s a good idea. Here’s a picture of what folks see, that drive by.
Probably a majority of my streak time will be at my “home spot,” because of my caregiving duties. On occasion, circumstances will allow me to travel to other places and keep the streak alive.
The “home spot” is eight tenths of a miles from mom’s home.
3 days into it and all is well. Caregiving for an almost 91 year old mom has top billing. Struggling with priorities is not a problem here.
Get up, get dressed up, jump in the car, and she, the car, is wearing her signs that speak of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The drive to wherever and parking it in a way that it can be seen by lots of folks is next. Then step out, shut the door, and jog at least three miles, waving, smiling.
This will indeed, raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and especially for the 24/7 helpline.
The streak will go on as long as possibly and if stuff makes me miss a day, then this persistent man will start over.
If anyone wants a card with the 24/7 helpline number, they can have one.
This is Great Stuff, raising awareness, feeling good about doing things, not just sitting around.
Here is a picture of the car, with signs and one of me wearing the shirt that will make me highly visible.
The count began on Friday, June 1st, 2012. I like to think my count has been pretty accurate. A majority of the miles were at jogging speed, 12 to 14 minute miles, good stuff.
I am grateful.
Wow, what picture can be put with this? Here’s one . . .
Mom and I drove up to Middle Georgia State University and immediately noticed two fire trucks. We spoke with a firefighter and a local runner, and we took a couple of pictures . . .
Mom and I went to Middle Georgia State University this morning and walked a mile or so. We ran into Coach Roberson and chatted and she let us take a picture or two. She is a coach at Westside High School and she played basketball for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
My friend told me that a few years ago and I think he summed it up well, for me.
The quote below is the foundation for my life. I have shared it many times on social media, and in person, and it is always on my mind. I measure what I do against it.
Erma Bombeck . . .
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me”
I’ll drive somewhere, park the car with the Alzheimer’s Association signs on it, and jog and walk. (mostly on U.S. Highway 80) Folks will notice because of the brightly colored shirts and the car, with her signs. I am a caregiver, so mom’s safety comes first.
It will be interesting to see how long of a streak can be built up. If forced to miss, I will start again.
My hope is that someone will, in some way, benefit from the effort. Maybe if folks see me a lot, they will stop, and chat or maybe they will write down the helpline phone number off of the signs on the car.
I am a layman, but it feels great to know doctors are learning everything available about stuff that affects the little guys so they help not only the kids, but the parents and other doctors.
Check out their website and this may give you an idea of what’s available out their. This is not and endorsement, but it is an example.
It must matter to me today, the number of miles, and that’s understandable. A friend that passed away during the full time part of Across the Land came to mind this morning and it brought back memories of the help she provided. She was always asking me . . . “How many miles did you run today Jack?”
As of today, since June 1, 2012, I have been on foot for 19,978 miles and the 20,000 mile mark should be reached on June 21, 2019, day after tomorrow.
The Longest Day.