My friend and I ran 6 miles this morning in preparing for our 1/2 Marathon in 7 1/2 weeks! The back three we had the wind, and it wasn't easy. We did it. Its such a sense of accomplishment, and I feel such gratitude for friendships and a healthy body that lets me experience this journey.
There was a time with Retinitis Pigmentosa where I cautiously navigated my walking ... prior to cane training and ultimately enjoying the freedom of a guide dog. So, to be able to RUN is pure joy.
There was a time with Retinitis Pigmentosa where I was on a medication that left me dehydrated and catching my breath. To now be able to RUN is pure joy.
There was a time with Retinitis Pigmentosa where I had a harder time asking someone to guide me and help me run. Now, to RUN with a friend is pure joy. I love the friendship and conversation.
--Break in my day since posting this where Cricket went to the vet and her stitches were taken out. Yay! She is happily chewing on a bone. I'm so grateful she will be returning to her work as a guide dog sooner than later.
Later in the month, I will be attending a workshop in Atlanta entitled Healing from Within: The Use of Positive Psychology and Core Character Strengths in Coping with Loss and Grief. Doesn't that sound interesting for Cricket and I to enjoy and learn! We received an email asking us to take the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. If you have a chance, take the test. I'd love to hear about your experience! I was really surprised at some of the character strengths that reached my top five. There are 24 strengths and understanding where our strengths lie is fascinating. I keep having lightbulb moments about it all and I haven't even gone to the workshop yet :). I'm so excited to attend the conference. (One of my top five strengths is zest, enthusiasm, and energy if you hadn't guessed.) Thankfully, Cricket should be up and guiding by then as well. Yay, Gratitude for a working girl, again. (Gratitude was my top strength on this test.)