Jan 182015
 
Really Long Run To End MS

Logo created by my wonderful wife Andrea

Training; the first two weeks- In the fall I had been training for my “Really Long Run to End MS,” but it was looser (i.e. much easier for me to justify taking a day off). Now, with 18 weeks to go until the bug run, I don’t have the leisure of taking unscheduled breaks. I’m at the point of ,”all or nothing.” The first two weeks of training are coming to an end today (after another 10km run which is scheduled for after I finish typing this) and I am looking for a much deserved day off with no running tomorrow.

Running 5 days a week is a challenge. My ankles are sore and I am quite fatigued. I don’t believe it is fatigue as a result of my having multiple sclerosis; I am sure the fatigue is from running 5 days a week. Surprisingly my muscles aren’t actually that sore, which is a good sign. However, I am 100% sure that I will be taking a hiatus from running once this is all over.

Here is what the training has looked like over the past two weeks:

  • Monday January 6th- OFF
  • Tuesday January 7th- Ran 6.5km
  • Wednesday January 8th- Ran 6.5km
  • Thursday January 9th- Ran 6.5km
  • Friday January 10th- OFF
  • Saturday January 11th- Ran 12.6km
  • Sunday January 12th- Ran 5.2km
  • Monday January 13th- OFF
  • Tuesday January 14th- Ran 5.6km
  • Wednesday January 15th- Ran 5.9km
  • Thursday January 16th- Ran 6.5km
  • Friday January 17th- OFF
  • Saturday January 18th- Ran 17.2km
  • Sunday January 19th- (will run) 10km

My diet has been 80% on target, though not the 100% that I have been shooting for. Baby steps.

Some off topic notes

  • As I have been running on the track over the past two weeks, I see almost daily a man and a woman who appear to be in their late 40’s walking the track. I have probably passed them 100 times or so. It is very evident from their body language and actions that they aren’t married to each other (or to anyone judging by their ring fingers), but they are very much interested in pursuing each other but have no idea how to do it. I feel awkward just running by them. Its kind of like watching kids at a sixth grade dance if the kids were in 45 year old bodies. The funniest is when the try and touch the other; the person going in for the touch is acting as though they are trying to hand a mouse to a hissing cobra while the other is clearly hoping for the mouse. The things you pay attention to when you run around a track for hours on end.
  • My good friend Dan bought me a ‘Bubba Gump’ hat as a gift while on vacation in Mexico. I plan to wear it during the , “Really Long Run to end MS.”  Actually, I’ll probably need a few more as I doubt one hat will last 10-12 hours of running. If you don’t know the ‘Bubba Gump’ hat, you need to watch the classic movie Forrest Gump.

Really Long Run to End MS

 

Really Long Run to end MS

As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis I am very fortunate. I still play hockey, run, and do most everything I was able to do before I was diagnosed. For me the worst symptoms are fatigue (sometimes extreme), issues with my balance, and constant numbness in my hands and feet. However, I am one of the lucky ones and many with this disease find simple things like walking next to impossible and there are many who can’t walk at all. Every spring my wife and I ride in the MS Bike from Leduc to Camrose. This year I have decided to run the 85 KM (one leg of the MS Bike) in a single day two weeks prior to the big ride to raise money and awareness.  On May 23rd, 2015 I will begin the run in the wee hours of the morning and be met during the day by others who will run portions with me (and hopefully keep me sane and motivated). All money raised will go to the MS Society of Canada. If you would like to know more, donate, volunteer, or even join me for a portion of the run you can get more information by clicking here.

 

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Sean
I am a 40 year old husband and father who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. MS doesn't own me, I own it. I have run three half marathons and four ultra-marathons since my diagnosis and completed the Leduc to Camrose MS Bike tour five times. I've also run the first day of the Bike Tour twice ( The Really Long Run to End MS) . I can be reached anytime via email at sean"AT"ownmultiplesclerosis"DOT"com. Be well.

  One Response to “Training; the first two weeks”

  1. Séan:

    Indeed most impressive! I’m in complete awe of this incredible undertaking of yours… all the best and with much love,

    André

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