Yesterday, I (along with many others) took part in Lord Mayor’s Get Active Challenge in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny. It was a beautiful sunny day and it felt good to be alive. The Get Active event challenged participants to either walk, run or cycle 5km around a set trail through the park so I decided to try and run it. It’s been so long since I’ve run that I honestly can’t remember the last time I ran but I guess it’s been at least 5 years. I set off with three friends, Dave, Denise and Hannes. To be fair, I think my effort was more of a slow jog than a run but nonetheless my friends stuck with me. I managed to run about 3km and then had to walk the remaining distance. I told my friends to continue running but instead of listening to me, they slowed down and walked with me so we all finished the 5km together. It was a very simple but yet touching act of support, so thank you.
My legs were hurting this morning but I fell proud that I challenged myself to do the run. In the grand scheme of things, my running (sorry jogging!) attempt was a small step towards developing my exercise routine but as Lao-Tsu, the Chinese philosopher said “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. So, in my battle against Parkinson’s I’m not going to attempt to change everything at once but little by little introduce new or change old habits that will help improve my quality of life. Yesterday was another small step I took on my journey to build a bigger and better life for myself and with support, you too can take a small step to help improve your quality of life.