She did it again. Kaitlyn beat me to the finish line in another race this morning. She ran her record to 3-0-1 against me. I will beat her one day.
This morning, we braved the cool weather and strong wind as we participated in the Family Fun Run that is part of the Breast Cancer Marathon, aka 26.2 with Donna. This is the event’s 5th year and the third time we have made the trip to Jacksonville to participate. Kaitlyn completed her first Donna race today, and could not have been more proud of herself as she happily wore her medal for the rest of the morning.
One of the best parts of the day for me was when Kaitlyn asked me when she can run a half marathon with me. I told her that maybe she should tackle a 5k first and build up from there. It makes me happy that she is so into running, and the individual nature of running lends itself well to a person with Asperger’s because it is purely a physical activity with no real team dynamic that could cause her to falter a little.
I will beat her to the finish line one day!
Happy Thanksgiving. I have come to realize that I have a lot to be thankful for.
I am thankful to my amazing wife and wonderful daughter. Amber is the most supportive person I know, and Kaitlyn continues to “wow” me every day.
I am thankful to my parents and my brother. They have always stood by me, even when they thought I was wrong.
I am thankful to our friends. Jen has always been willing to help with and hang out with Kaitlyn. The Spragues came into our lives just a our world was about to change, and they have been a blessing to us, and their boys have been a blessing for Kaitlyn. We are thankful to have Angelica living back in Tallahassee, too.
I am thankful for the Miracle League and all of the volunteers. More so, I am thankful to Kaitlyn’s #1 buddy Sarah and all of the SPAA members. They are awesome.
I am thankful that Kaitlyn has taken an interest in running. She beat me to the finish line in our first race in the spring, but we are having a rematch today at our local Turkey Trot. I am hopeful that I can provide an update later and brag that I beat her, but I doubt that will happen. We have a few more races coming up together, starting in January with one at her school, then one in February in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Marathon, and then one in April for Autism Awareness.
I am sure that there is somebody that I left out on here, but rest assured that I am thankful for you, too.
Everything I have read and learned about having a child with autism points to a lifetime of advocacy and caregiving. I guess it would be considered a marathon, not a sprint.
Another marathon is the fight against cancer. This coming February 12, I will be running in the Breast Cancer Marathon for the third time; I will be running the half this year (13.1 miles). I ran the full (26.2 miles) in 2009 and 2010, and came away very impressed at the amazing crowd and volunteer support. As part of the registration this year, runners were given the option to create a fundraising homepage. I have taken the opportunity to create one, and I hope that you will visit it. My fundraising goal is $1,000.
Life is full of sprints, but it is also full of marathons, and any way I can help bring awareness to the marathon of researching to find a cure for all types of cancer, I will do it. This is a great event and I am proud to be associated with it.