As many of you know, at 47 years old, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It is a degenerative neurological disease with no known cure. She was 10 years older than I am now when she started this journey.
In eight weeks I will be running something called the World’s Toughest Mudder. It is a 24 hour long obstacle course race. It is set into a 5 mile loop and I will run the loop as many times as I can in a 24 hour period. It’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever set before myself. My dad, Michael Paulsen has a goal of 10 laps, 50 miles. My husband, Brian, has a goal of 15 laps, 75 miles. My goal is seven laps, 35 miles. Each lap includes many obstacles that will challenge me physically and emotionally (claustrophobia and a fear of heights). But as daunting as of this is, I am blessed that I am even able to attempt it.
We will be raising money for Parkinson’s research. The three of us are hoping to raise $10,000 to donate to this cause that it is near and dear to our hearts. We will run for those who can’t. We will climb for those who can’t. We will push ourselves to the end of our strength and endurance for those who no longer have either.
Every workout is a blessing. Every run is a blessing. Every bead of sweat and every time we pushing ourselves so hard we think we might throw up is a blessing. Because means we still CAN.
I don’t ask you guys for much, beyond listening to my frequent inane ramblings, but I’m gonna ask you to dig out your pocketbooks and help us reach our goal. You can follow our progress as we gear up for the Worlds Toughest Mudder and updates of the actual event on Nov 9 by following us on Instagram @suburban_sheena and @yesilooklikewillferral.