An Update from Heaven

Pictured: Heaven Vallejos at the Monster Mash Dash Run dressed as Wonder Woman -- Photo courtesy of Heaven Vallejos

Pictured: Heaven Vallejos at the Monster Mash Dash Run dressed as Wonder Woman — Photo courtesy of Heaven Vallejos

Hi,

It’s Heaven. So, it’s been awhile since I updated you. I’m now in 7th grade. Middle school is crazy! Extremely crazy! I now have to go up and down stairs several times a day because this school has two stories. I’m shocked that math is pretty easy – I think the teacher makes it easy. My favorite class is drama. Of course! In drama I can be as crazy as I want to. We role play, make up characters and do voices. My favorite character I’ve done so far has been Fresh Disco.
I’m still running. I joined a running club and we run every Tuesday and Thursday after school. I ran a Halloween run called the Monster Mash. I dressed as Wonder Woman and my running partner dresses as Superman. Next month I will run the Jingle Bell run which raises money Toys for Tots.
Last summer I went to Enchanted Hills Summer Camp and Camp Bloomfield’s para-Olympic camp. At the para-Olympic camp there was a dance I went to that I liked. It was my first dance. And, speaking of dances, I learned the Hustle – my mom taught me. It’s pretty fun!

Until Next Time,
Heaven

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Winter Break Recap

Pictured: (l-r) Heaven Vallejos and her brother at the Jingle Bell 5k

Pictured: (l-r) Heaven Vallejos and her brother at the Jingle Bell 5k — Courtesy of Heaven Vallejos

Happy New Year!

Hi everybody. Hope you all had happy holidays. Before break I ran the Jingle Bell Run. I ran the 5k and my brother walked the 2 mile course. The run was on Christmas Tree Lane which was decorated with ornaments, lights and even a huge neon sign of the world that changed from the world to a big peace sign. It meant world peace.

My break was fun. During break I was in a Christmas play for our church. I played Mary and when the boy playing Joseph handed me the baby Jesus, he handed it to me upside down, but it was ok because nobody in the audience noticed. I also went ice skating over break. It was the second time I have ice skated, and I only fell three times – haha!

My family and I made tamales for Christmas. We do it every year. It’s kind of hard because everything is homemade, so it’s good to have a lot of people there, so that different groups can have different jobs. They were delicious!

For Christmas, I got a new iPhone and a karaoke machine. I have used my new iPhone to take videos and pictures. I would like to learn how to use Google Maps. My brother, Joseph and I sang Frozen on the karaoke machine. It was fun!

On New Year’s we stayed home and watched the ball drop on TV and some family came over to watch with us. We made a toast at 9:00 PM just in case one of us fell asleep before midnight. I used to fall asleep early, but now I can stay up.

When school started after break, I signed up for Oral Interpretation. Oral Interpretation is when, as a group, we memorize a story and recite it together with hand motions. We go to a festival and the highest score we can get is a ‘Superior’. I practice three days a week at school during lunch.

I also signed up for drama. I practice for drama three days a week before school. My teachers are calling me ‘Marcia Brady’ because I’m an over achiever. Haha! The play we are doing for drama is ‘Annie Junior”

Finally, I will answer Taylor’s question she sent me. Taylor asked me how I run three miles. Running three miles is easy if you practice enough. If I am running on a road, I use a tether with my guide. This can be anything that the guide and I can both hold one end of to stay connected. I have used shoestrings, rubber bands, yarn, and even a piece of rope. If I am running on grass or in an open area, I do not use a tether. My guide can just tell me which direction to go or describe the surfaces I will be running on. But, if you don’t use a tether, you had better remember your right and left or else you might end up running into a fence like I did when I went right instead of left one time. It was ok, because it didn’t hurt that much – we laughed about it!

Until next time,
Heaven

Running for Sundaes!

Heaven & Sundae

Pictured: Heaven Vallejos and her post-5k sundae. Photo courtesy of: Heaven Vallejos

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I went to my Grandma’s house. My dad deep fried a turkey and it was good. We ate candied yams with marshmallows on top and pumpkin cake. This year I’m thankful for family and friends

Heaven & Lisa

Pictured: (l-r) Heaven Vallejos, Lisa Fiorentino. Photo courtesy of: Heaven Vallejos/Lisa Fiorentino

On November 2, I ran the Two Cities 5K here in Fresno with my braille teacher. The race was fun and some people wore costumes. This race is usually only a half-marathon and marathon race, but this was the first time they had a 5K. A 5K is 3.1 miles. After the race they gave us free brownie sundaes, breakfast, and I got a free massage! After my twin brother heard I got a brownie sundae, he said he wanted to run next year, too. My next race is on December 7 and it is the Mara-Fun-Run in Sacramento. I ran this race last year for the first time. It was very cold, but fun! After the race I went to the Youth Paralympic Sport Experience where we did judo and goal ball.

My birthday is Thursday December 4th. I will be 11 years old. I’m having a party at my house after school. We are going to get a piñata! I like it when it breaks – it is like candy falling from the sky! If everyone wants to we will go ice skating too.

I want everybody to know that you can send me questions I will be happy to answer them. I have enjoyed writing for my blog. I hope it helps other visually impaired kids get excited about sports. I like sports because it makes me feel good. In the future I would like to try snow skiing and power lifting. Power lifting is where you lift weights in three different positions. I want to power lift because then if I ever have to lift a couch or a car I will be able to and I would be able to lift my cousins when they ask me to!
I will blog again in January. I hope everyone has happy holidays and I’ll be in touch in 2015!
Until then,
Heaven

Muddy Buddies

Heaven Vallejos competing in a mud run.

Heaven Vallejos competing in a mud run.

In March, I went to a mud run in Reedley. You had to run through a bunch of obstacles, and they were covered with mud, or you ended up falling into the mud when you went over them. We had to duct tape our shoes to our feet so they didn’t end up sinking into the mud. One obstacle was a muddy slide that went into a mud pit. The slide of terror! We went on it twice and the second time was the muddiest. We got our faces splashed with mud! Another obstacle was crossing a mud pit on a piece of wood. There were many obstacles, but we also had to run 3 miles through fields. My brother Allen, sat on Karen’s (our O&M) head when he was coming down an obstacle that was a wall of tires. The tire wall was very hard because I didn’t know where to step, and some people fell. My favorite part was going through a mud pit to get under a big metal tank. There was a mud pit under the tank and a lot of people were under there banging into each other. We had to crawl through the mud pit, under the tank, to get to the other side. The mud came up to my chest. It was the funnest part because it was slippery, and people were laughing and sliding around in the mud.  After the race, we went to change our clothes and had a hose fight. I sprayed my brother in the face – he was laughing!

I want to thank the organizers of the race because they gave all of us free tickets and t-shirts. That was very nice of them!

Until next time,
Heaven

Talley Memories

Heaven at Talley Vineyards Marathon

Heaven Vallejos participating in the Marianne Talley Memorial Fun Run

On Sunday, June 1, I ran my first 5k. A 5k race is 3.1 miles. That is farther than I ever ran before. The race was at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, CA. The run is called the Marianne Talley Memorial Fun Run. Marianne Talley was an athlete and physical fitness trainer, she died suddenly at a young age. The run is in her memory and raises money for scholarships for Arroyo Grande High School athletes. The run passed through the vineyards and grapevines. Angela and Talley, were my guides. They go to Arroyo Grande High School. They are the top runners there! Talley held the tether while Angela kicked rocks out of my way and made sure I didn’t fall into the ditch – haha!! We also ran by a lettuce field and Talley said “Let’s make a salad!” They were fun to run with. The weather was good for running. It was sunny and cool. Since this was a longer run than I ever did before, I was a little tired at the end. We all got raffle tickets when we crossed the finish line. I won a water bottle and some lace grabbers for my shoes. My next goal is to run another triathlon in July. I start swim lessons again next week and will swim every day for a month. I’m hoping to run in the mornings because I don’t like to run on the treadmill since it never goes anywhere. Haha!

Until next time,
Heaven