I was up at Jay and Kristen’s house early. I had an early breakfast, with some great coffee. I headed to Palmilla Senior Living in North Albuquerque. Had a great visit at Palmilla and I was invited to lunch. While waiting for lunch time, I ran a few miles. The lunch was great. Later Ann took me on a tour of the whole facility, including the memory care wing. I recognized the look of the patients immediately. Ann introduced me to several staff members. My heart always takes me to the alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.
After leaving Palmilla I headed a few miles north to have dinner and spend the evening with Mark and Janice Lein from Roswell and Mark’s parents. Marks parents live in Albuquerque. We spoke a lot about our faith and our desire to never give up living strong.
At Palmilla Senior Living this morning, Ann took me to the memory care unit. She punched in the code, because this is a lock down unit. Those words may not sound great, but it is the reality of this horrific disease.
What stuck with me was meeting the three young ladies watching out for the welfare of the patients in the activity room. These three expressed how much they appreciate the effort put into the Journey across America. I looked at them and couldn’t help but think about what they go through. They take care of people that have dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 60 – 80% of dementia is caused by alzheimers disease. Being a caregiver takes a lot of patience. I’m not sure if I would be a good one.
Ann Breene gave me a tour and the
facility treated me to lunch. There are many years of experience in this facility. I met Ann 2 years ago when she was with the Alzheimers Association in Albuquerque.
Visiting facilities like this help keep me grounded and thinking about a reality of our lives, getting older.
Woke up, dressed up and got going. Had breakfast and ran some quick miles. Lunch with the staff of the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter.
Picked up new shoes from REI.
I Ran some more near the base of the Sandia Mountains. Yep, mountains to the east and it seemed like I could see Monterey to my west. Heading north.
Heard an inspiring story of a 22 year old super awesome lady that never quit, and never gave up.
My buddy went over the 1000 mile mark on Charity Miles today. Wow, amazing.
In North Albuquerque tonight.
Here is a picture I was able to have taken for me today.
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A very unused section of road. This young lady usually walks her dog late in the evening. Today for some reason she decided to walk him early. I stopped to take a couple of pictures of the mountains. The man upstairs wanted us to meet. She recently attended a conference concerning Alzheimers disease. Her mom has dementia. I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thank you to the two ladies that helped me get my picture taken for the blog. My jogging stroller “Wilson ” came from the REI in Kennesaw, Georgia as did most of my gear I needed for spending the night in the woods on my last trip in 2013. I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association.
I am in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2013 when I was here, I continued on westward. This time I will be heading north through Pueblo, Colorado Springs and then into Denver. New places for me. I am Running as I cross America.
I Run for the Alzheimer’s Association. I raise awareness. I enjoy what I am doing.
“When I sit across the table from God, I want to say to him, I used every talent and ounce of energy you gave me!”
Today’s Run at Boca Negra Canyon was fun. Their were lots of visitors. I did notice that most, it was not a scientific poll, but of the tags I noticed, most were from New Mexico or Colorado. Their are marked trails there that I assume the park service constructed and maintain and a few that are not marked. I ask a couple about the unmarked ones and they said people from the neighboring communities are on those a lot instead of walking on sidewalks and such. It felt good to be running in such a beautiful place. These trails have a lot of rocks on them, not rocks and roots like in Georgia. Having the car parked with the alzheimers signs on them, and me wearing my “uniform” and probably me Running (old guy) creates a lot of interest. I try to turn it into awareness.
I got up early and half heartedly thought about taking the day off. I headed to Cracker Barrel to treat myself to breakfast.
Drove around a bit and I found this park quite by accident.
Their were a lot of Runners. I ask a couple to take a picture for me. She said “he is the photographer.” Notice the balloon in the picture.
This is a picture of the “famous ” Rio Grande”
I jogged around here about 3 miles.
I headed to the Petroglyph National Monument. Here are some pictures.
This young lady was moving along pretty quickly and I asked her mom if her daughter could do a short symbolic Run with me. She said of course. Here are two pictures, the two Runners and then their family.
What irony, for me to meet this family. He works with the National Institute of Health. His family all seemed very knowledgeable about the Alzheimers problem. The NIH is the entity that funnels funds to research facilities.
Resting now and eating rice and chicken, made by Mountain House. It’s good tasting and has good stuff in it.
I have covered 8 miles today, on my day off. I could not resist Jogging on the single track trails.
I think I have noticed something. We read a post that contains a saying and we say “yes” that is a good one. It makes us excited and that seems to be enough for a bit. Then we come back again for some more, because we took no action after reading the other saying. A saying like this one by Erma Bombeck is full of wonderful advice if you dwell on it. To me this a quote, I want to think of every day.
“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.”
This actually could be a motto or a life changer, but to most of us, it could be just another quote that excites us for a few minutes or hours and then we are hunting for another.
This particular quote of Erma Bombeck’s is my favorite and has become my motto.