Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in the Helvetia Half Marathon.
The two of us decided to do
Helvetia for fun, that is, to walk it slow & easy and just enjoy the journey. I suggested we do a shot every mile but the more level-headed Amber suggested we have fancy chocolate every hour, so that’s what we did. Every hour we stopped, had some chocolate and took a picture, to the horror of people who were actually racing. We also took a lot of pictures along the way. It was seriously fun. The weather was perfect, I love that race and 13.1 miles is very manageable for a relaxing walk. Amber & I had a great time and I have to say it was the most fun I’ve had at Helvetia.
However Amber’s situation got me thinking about how grateful I am. We all have days where we don’t feel like working out. I think we all have races where it feels like a slog and we wonder why we signed up. I often have those days. But the fact is, I have the option. I can choose to work out. I can choose to do a race. If I suffer during a race, it’s because I’ve chosen to suffer. Either way, I have the option. Amber no longer has that option. Lots of people have serious illnesses or disabilities that take away their options as well. My options remain open.