Today I celebrated Julie and other mothers of children afflicted with frightening and insidious mitochondrial disease – Gavin Lumsden
MOM’s THE WORD
(an excerpt from Gavin’s weekly email to his Running Room Marathon group that he coaches in Ottawa).
Happy Mother’s Day.
Hope you had a good run today and have taken the rest of the day to celebrate the special ‘Mothers’ in your life. Of course, EVERY day should be mothers day…right? And if you are a special Mom yourself, here’s hoping you got the right hugs, and the right words from the folks who can’t possibly appreciate you enough.
Today, I celebrated two special moms. The first was my own – who has endured more that her fair share of challenges, and that doesn’t include carrying me in her belly for 9 months. She is amazing in so many ways. We traded emails this morning so I could remind her.
I had to resort to email –for now – as I am out of town, in fact celebrating another incredible Mom. You all know her, because she was one of our guests speakers, early in the clinic. You’ll recall back in Week 5, Julie Drury told us the story of her incredible daughter Kate, who is coping with Mitochondrial disease.
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katedrury ( click on “Read My Story” )
Hard to adequately express in words the kind of special people the Julie, Brian, Jack and of course little Kate are. It is clear that each of them has extraordinary resolve, that they are forced to summon far too often. Julie frequently shares some of the trials and tribulations that her family experiences, and with each dispatch my admiration for this family grows deeper.
So today I celebrated Julie and other mothers of children afflicted with frightening and insidious mitochondria. I ran the Fredericton Marathon this morning. Great weather –cool and overcast – on a very, very easy course for the Maritimes: flat, crushed gravel and negligible wind. I’ve had some strong runs in the last couple of weeks, so I was hoping for a sub-4:00. Not to be. From the very start I felt tension in my quads- which is something new. By 10k, my cardio was fine, but my thighs, especially the left, were on fire and I was ready to stop.
But I couldn’t. Instead I took what was probably a 3-4 minute walk break, and re-focused. Wearing the Team Mito-Can jersey that Julie gave me, my thoughts turned to little Kate, who has endured far, far worse than crampy legs. I slowed down considerably, and took regular breaks as the need arose, but managed to maintain focus, even as my goal time ticked away with 2 km to go. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line. As I limped across it, I started laughing out loud at the irony of hurting like hell, but feeling great!
And so, with a big assist from an inspiring little girl, marathon #39 is now on the books in 4:06, or 4:05:16 for you “gun-timers”.
Some takeaways here:
1) If I can do this, you can too.
2) If your race isn’t going quite the way you want it to, stop refocus and start over.
3) Your inspirations can carry your further than you ever imagined. Today I had Kate on my mind and, as always, Terry Fox in my shoe.
4) You are now in full “taper” mode. This means you are resting and not logging any addition mileage, no matter how strongly the urge may strike. No hills, no stairs of death, no “tacking on an extra 5km” between now and race day. You need to rest up, relax, and focus in preparation for May 27. This is extremely important. My race yesterday is first hand evidence why. The pain my thighs is almost certainly related to an aggressive run last week in the K2B. I don’t think my “old” legs had sufficient time to heal. So tough as it is to do, rest up!