*I posted this article yesterday at my blog “Rustyknucklers Stuff and Things“, Sean asked me if I would like to write here with him at ownmultiplesclerosis.com of course I said yes. Sean does a great job here at this site, more than one of his posts has provided me with some much needed inspiration. Sean and I all also writing colleagues at theoilersrig.com so this really did seem like a natural fit. Thank you for having me, I hope the readers here will enjoy my articles. So here is the re-post from yesterday, when I write about my life with MS it will be done here on this site from now on*
If you read this blog or you know me personally, you are probably aware that I’m training to run 85 kilometers in a single day to raise money for the MS Society of Canada. I trained to run half marathons before, but training to run 85K is altogether different. It is the single most difficult physical challenge I have ever endured. I actually can’t imagine it being much easier even if I didn’t have MS.
Really Long Run to End MS- On Saturday May 23rd, 2015 I will be running from Leduc, Alberta, Canada to Camrose, Alberta, Canada in a single day. The run will take me on a journey over roughly 85 km and take 10-12 hours to complete. I am currently running 5 days a week in preparation and hope to shed around 30 lbs in the next 7 months to get ready. Other than bouncing back from a major MS attack, this is probably the second toughest thing I have ever attempted.
Support- I have learned that if I want to achieve anything in life it will require the support of the people around me. On the personal side you have to be disciplined, determined, and focused; however, we aren’t islands onto ourselves and we need support, emotional and otherwise, to reach our full potential. The picture above is of my sister and myself just after I finished a half marathon for the first time. Even though you can’t see our faces, it is one of my favorite images. After I crossed the finish line you would have thought it was my sister, not myself, that finished the run. I felt her and my family’s support from my initial diagnosis in 2007 until crossing the finish line in 2009. I still feel it today.
BBQ Chicken and Sauce- I haven’t posted for a while. It is not because I’m not doing well, but rather due to a busy summer with work, kids, and attempting to get my running back on track. I also have my 20 year high school reunion coming up next weekend. I also haven’t posted a recipe on here in ages. A few weeks ago I BBQ’d a chicken and made the sauce from scratch. Since BBQ season isn’t over yet, I thought I’d share it with you.
A morning email- This morning I received an email from a reader named, “Sarah.” Sarah’s question was with regard to the Wahl’s diet and “interested in hearing what you found following it.” My email response turned out to be a short novel (sorry Sarah) and I thought since I have’nt written a post in a while, I would share my response here as it is possible others have had the same question. Below is my response to Sarah’s question:
I have started training to run a distance of 90km (just over two full marathons). The reason is I plan to do a fundraiser next year where I’ll run from Leduc to Camrose in a single day in advance of the 2015 Johnson MS Bike Tour. My rough plan as it stands right now is to do the run the weekend prior to next year’s tour and then ride in the tour the following weekend. My hope is to raise additional money for my MS Bike Tour team, “The Battered Piles.” I’ve trained to run before, but never a distance this long and I’m sure it will be the toughest physical challenge I’ve ever endured; pre or post MS.
However, I’m excited for the challenge and looking forward to it.
MS Bike Tour- As I do most years, I will again be riding in the 2014 MS Bike Tour. The tour I ride in takes me from Leduc, Alberta to Camrose, Alberta and back. The route is roughly 180 km’s and the ride is usually a pretty good time. I’m actually hoping to run day 1 of this event in 2015. I will be joined by my wife, mother, father, a cousin, and friends. Despite having to endure an extremely sore behind for a few days after the ride, it is something I look forward to every year.
The long road uphill- The picture above (not taken by me) is from the summit of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia. It is of the road that goes from the base of the mountain to the restaurant at the top and the main drop-in point for mountain-bikers during the non-winter months. The Gondola and the restaurant at the summit are immediately behind the photographer. This is quite possibly one of my favorite spots on the entire planet. I’ve never actually skied at Kicking Horse, I’ve only ridden my mountain bike down after stepping off the gondola (and possibly enjoying a glass of wine at restaurant). The picture, while amazing, doesn’t do it justice; while tucking on the somewhat straightaway (as far a mountains go) you can get your bike upwards of 40-50 kph (24-31 mph), which may not sound fast, but believe me it is quite a rush when you have a cliff on one side and large rocks to avoid on the road. However, writing about mountain biking down mountains is not the reason for this post.
The purpose is something which is potentially crazier which I am planning.
I’m currently sitting in the dark on the patio of my hotel room in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was 26 degrees (Celsius, I have no idea what that is in Fahrenheit) here yesterday. Glorious, sunny, and hot. At my home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada it was -25 (probably closer to -35 with the wind chill) yesterday.
Pretty safe to say that my wife and I picked a great time to get out of Dodge.
We’ve been here less than 48 hours and I already feel better. I don’t know what it is like for other MSers, but when I get the chance to be outside and soak up the sun, I start to feel better. My symptoms don’t go away, but they seem to lessen and I just feel better. These feelings are entirely subjective, but they are real.