Monday, March 28, 2016

Running tethered

I love hearing how someone, who is visually impaired, has found the joy of running with one of the tethers made by my friend Shannon! Today I heard from my friend, Joy at doublevisionblog about her run ... so fun!    

This link tells you a little bit about how my tether came to be.  What happened to that girl who walked into the stop sign and walked so cautiously for a while?  She learned how to walk safely with a cane ... then a guide dog and she is now running!   My tether is red - stretchy fabric - made by my friend Shannon over six years ago!  I am so impressed that I haven't lost it :).  The miles this tether has logged are quite remarkable ... Boston, NYC, St. George, Top of Utah, Utah Valley Marathons and SLC Marathon coming in a couple weeks.  Several half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks and so many journeys along Davis Boulevard.  


Running tethered with friends - Brenda and Suzette.  Its a wonderful way to start the day before seeing clients at Resilient Solutions, Inc as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.   Photo by Rick Egan/SL Tribune

Tether - Anchors something moveable to a reference point which may be fixed or moving.  I like thinking of the tether as an anchor.  We have our anchors in our life that keep us grounded.  I also believe we are here to tether each other.  I am so very grateful for the anchors - who tether me through life. Sometimes we are the steady part guiding the way and other times we may be holding on to be guided.  Other times we are simply connected perhaps, enjoying a good conversation on the run.  I think there are times we don't even realize how connected we are.  Suddenly, there is something to be steered around and we are reminded of the gratitude of being tethered.  Running.  Life.

 Here is a clip of an interview that includes some running with the tether:  I love running

My sweet friend, Shannon has made more tethers!  It has been so fun to share these tethers and hear about someone visually impaired loving to run again or starting to for the first time  They are so durable and made of a fabric that has just a little give which makes it comfortable for both the guide and the visually impaired runner.  If you are interested in buying a tether (she sells them for $20 ... leave me a comment or email me at becky.lpc@gmail.com)  

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