April is Autism Awareness Month. I’ll be sharing Autism-related content this month.
I don’t know if it’s a teenage boy thing or an Autism thing.
Convincing the boy to get active isn’t easy. He’s gone running with me a few times. He enjoys bike riding (although I confess that’s not my favorite activity) and he has PT at Civil Air Patrol once a month, so at least he’s not a total slug.
CAP has actually played into what’s happening now.
A couple of months ago, some friends of mine at the gym were talking about signing up together to do the Steps for Autism 5k. D1 was intrigued.
“That race is to raise money for people like me? Cool.” The next day, he surprised me, saying “I will do the race with you. If it will help people like me I think it is worthwhile.” That’s my analytical thinker. The part about the 3-mile run hadn’t quite sunk in yet though.
I went for a run Monday morning.
2.6 miles in 27 minutes with an average time of 10:15 per mile. I was happy with my time, until Tuesday morning when D1 told me he did the mile in 8:40 during PT.
The best I can do is about 9:30, and that’s if I’m fresh and really running hard. The kid is going to have no trouble keeping up with me like I thought. Stamina is another thing though but we’ll work on that. Training is in session, my friends.
Which brings me to the socks.
Have you heard about John’s Crazy Socks? John Cronin is a young adult with Down Syndrome, who along with his father started a business selling the most unique socks you’ll ever see. I saw a video about him being shared on Facebook and after watching it, I went and bought some socks because how could I not? It’s this one right here.
They went from selling 1000 pairs of socks in January to having over 50,000 orders mid-February after the video went viral. Wow!
Now D1 is waiting for his Autism socks to arrive in the mail, because of course when he saw mine he wanted some too. Mine arrived with a handwritten note from John himself and a package of M&M’s. I ate them before I took the picture.
We’ll both be wearing our crazy Autism Awareness socks for the 5k on April 22nd!