On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to walk with a great group of people for a fantastic cause.
About a year ago, I remember reading a VERY surprising Facebook post written by a beautiful, vibrant young woman. She was in the hospital. She was scared. She didn’t know what was going on. I can’t even imagine how I would feel in her situation…
Olivia was one of my former employees who had such great energy. Always happy, always on the go, and someone with her whole fabulous life just waiting to unfold. Now, she was in the hospital and had been diagnosed with MS. Over the past year, I’ve followed her story and sat in disbelief. How could someone so young have something so severe come into their life like MS.
A few months ago, she posted on Facebook that she was assembling a team to walk in the Loveland MS Walk. It took me about 1/2 a second to sign up. I love 5K walks. I love the energy out there as your walking for a cause. And, I love walking in honor of strong, beautiful people and I knew I wanted to be a part of this.
Our team ended up being a little smaller than anticipated, likely due to the crappy crap weather that Colorado delivered on Saturday morning. It was literally 48 degrees when I arrived at the walk, and as a bonus… it was windy and rainy. AWESOME.
The walk was designed to be a 5K or a 1 mile walk, depending upon which race you were interested in walking. The walk was held at a beautiful park next to a shopping center. Now, I shop at this shopping center quite frequently, but I really don’t know why I haven’t visited the Chapungu Sculpture Park before. It’s amazing!
I walked with an umbrella in hand. And, Debi and I made the decision to walk the short walk because we were both FREEZING. I’m convinced that the path we took was more than a mile, but it was perfect!
Truth be told, it was SO cold on this walk. I was so thankful that I had an umbrella with me during the walk because it started steadily raining toward the end. I have to say, this is the first walk I’ve ever done in the rain. Normally, I would have just stayed home, but I had to make sure I was present to support Olivia!
For my Colorado readers, this park is right on the East side of Centerra close to Macy’s. Seriously! Such a hidden treasure…
Despite the chilly weather, we had a blast walking, visiting, and catching up. It’s amazing how “warm” you feel in company of great people. I’m honored to have been a part of this team and look forward to the event again next year. Let’s do it in the sunshine though next year, Colorado!