10k Run = Success!

10kWell, I feel completely fortunate and grateful again for the amazing community of friends who turned out to support my recovery this past weekend by running 10km, either in person with us in San Francisco or in different places around the world. I had friends run in France, Canada, all over the US and even a brave friend who ran through the sweaty streets of Yangon, Myanmar despite the funny looks he got from locals.

Here in SF, we had over 100 people attend, many of whom trained hard and completed a personal goal by running these 10km or 6.2 miles. I didn’t go the whole way but I did push myself over 3 miles in the wheelchair (more than I had ever done) and, more importantly, I definitely broke a sweat as I high-fived the runners. The weather was warm and sunny, the Golden Gate Bridge emerged from the fog and there was so much positivity amongst everyone who attended. We had everyone from pregnant moms to young babies to an 87 year old in attendance but no matter what, people brought with them their smiles, energy and good wishes for my recovery. We were all rewarded with a variety of food and drinks afterwards, not to mention ice cream from a small, local producer who generously donated frozen goodness to everyone in attendance.

10k Gathering

Thanks to the help from a couple of my rehab trainers, I was able to stand up in a walker Β and show all of my friends some of the progress I had made. I still have a long ways to go, but it felt great to stand up and look at everyone at eye level, without being wobbly or tipping over.

10k - Standing UpThank you to everyone for participating and reminding me that I’m not alone in this fight and that I have the support of all of you to propel me forward in my recovery. Hopefully, the next time we have another event like this, I’ll be on my feet!

39 thoughts on “10k Run = Success!

  1. Wow, Arash! That brought tears to my eyes. I’m so delighted for you that you were able to participate in the run and pushing yourself for three km in your wheelchair? I don’t know I could even do that!!!!! Congrats, well done, and WHOOOHOO! πŸ™‚ High five!

  2. Congratulations and well done. So good to know you had the support of so many well wishers and participants in the run.
    Hopefully you’ll eventually be able to do the full distance one day.

  3. Absolutely amazing! It’s incredible that, when you’ve been handed such a heavy load to carry, you are still able to find ways to inspire the people around you and be inspired by them.

  4. This is so exciting Arash! I’m in awe of your vibrant and vital spirit. You look fabulous and 3 miles — really? Your upper body strength must be phenomenal. I’m really impressed! So thrilled to see this much support for you…you deserve all of it – and just keep on keeping on, beautiful friend! ~ Love, Robyn

    • Thanks Robyn! Upper body is quite strong yes but as I always say, I’ll trade as much of it as possible to get more out of other parts of my body. If only it were that simple… I’ll keep fighting the good fight. Hope you too are doing well -AB

  5. Cheers from Canada.
    Get on your feet, as often as you can,starting now!
    Don’t get too comfortable in that excuse for legs. You are going to miss it soon..
    Do dryland swim training everyday on your stomach.

    • Hahaha. I don’t think I’ll ever miss the wheelchair. Even if it takes me ten times longer to get somewhere on my own, I’ll take that over dealing with the chair any day. I have been doing dryland swimming quite a bit. Those exercises help my abs and core quite a bit -AB

  6. “Hopefully, the next time we have another event like this, I’ll be on my feet!” Amen. You will. I’m so glad I got to be there. It was a privilege.

  7. Arash, You are awesome. So happy you have such wonderful support. Keep up the hard work. Patrice

    Sent from my iPad

  8. I couldn’t make the run, but I’m definitely rooting for you from afar, Arash. I’m so psyched you are solidly standing and I know you are pushing forward by the day πŸ™‚ 3 miles kicks ass… I’ll be at the next one. If you ever wanna do coffee in Berkeley… holler!

    • Great to hear from you! I remember running into you in front of the French Hotel that one day. Would hope to see you again soon, at the next event or something else. Best to you -AB

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