Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 200: Went For An Early Morning Jog

Today is the random act bi-centennial; Day 200!  As with any time a nice round number is reached, I always want to thank everyone who has ever helped with a random act, suggested an act, and even just followed along with acts by reading this blog.  December 31st will be here before we know it, and I am excited to finally reveal what my dime per Twitter/Facebook/Blog follower is going to towards.  I have had some serious anxiety about it because, although it is our own money that we are using, I want to be sure that everyone is happy with what I do.  But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There are still 166 random acts to perform after today.  On to Day 200...

I don't believe that I have spoken much on here about my back troubles.  Since summer of last year, I have been suffering from tremendous back and hip pain, but we couldn't figure out why.  Recently, I learned that I have arthritis of my SI joint (basically the joint connecting my tailbone and pelvis) which has caused erosion and makes my two bones rub on each other.  Needless to say, it has made it very difficult to run, walk or work out.  I am working on fixing it, and really want to get back into some semblance of activity so that I can be healthy for my family.  The reason I bring this up is because I received an email going back 2 weeks ago from a woman named Lauren who works for an organization called Back On My Feet.  Back On My Feet is an organization that helps create self-sufficiency and independence for homeless and underserved people through structured runs which build confidence, strength and self-esteem.  Lauren invited me to participate in one of their early morning runs, and although I was fearful of back pain, happily obliged.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I woke up at 5:15, strapped on my running shoes, and went for an early morning 2.5 mile jog with the folks from Back On My Feet.  It was great to get out and actually exercise, and it was made bearable by the people I ran with.  Everyone was super nice, and when I get my back fix, I fully intend to join them for more runs.

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