Training update- 77.5km this past week! Pretty heavy week last week in terms of training. I ran 10k on Tuesday, 16k on Wednesday, 5k on Thursday, 40k on Saturday, and 6.5k on Sunday. If my math is correct, that is 77.5km for the week and surprisingly, I don’t feel like I want to walk in front of a bus. It won’t be pretty or fast, but I’m feeling confident that I will be able to cover the entire 85km of the Really Long Run to End MS on Saturday May 23rd. As I type this, my best guess is that it is going to take 11.5 hours.
The run on Saturday was the longest run I have ever attempted. He is an overview of how it went:
- Ran 45 minutes at a time and then walked a km while I took a gel at hydrated.
- Felt really good from Lewis Estates to the bottom of the Kinsmen Hill.
- Got my legs underneath me again from the top of the Kinsmen Hill until I reached the bottom of the Groat Road Hill. I managed to run the whole way up the Groat Road Hill.
- Started losing my legs again after the Groat Road Hill but started feeling good again as I approached the Whitemud along the path by the river along Fox Drive.
- Called an audible at the Whitemud and decided to cross the river at the Whitemud rather than running up the mudslide on the other side of the Fort Edmonton Footbridge.
- Found these on the other side of the Whitemud Bridge…….
For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to attempt to run up the stairs above 4.5 hours into my run (approx). That is when sh&*t got real and the wheels started falling off. When I got to the top of the stairs I actually felt okay, but about 20 minutes after the reality of my situation smack me in the face.
Luckily, my parents live in the West-End of Edmonton and when I got to the Rio Terrace Elementary School I called. I asked if I made it to there house if they could cart what was left of me home. I cycled between walking and running the rest of the way, but I made it. Just over 40 kms in total, which I am very proud of because I had already run 10k (Tuesday), 16k (Wednesday), and 5K (Thursday) during the week.
I ran another 6.5k on Sunday which gave me a total of 77.5 for the week! I’m still not skinny, I’m still not fast, but I did run 77k last week!
Also, a big thanks to my old and dear friend Annie (Andrea) for joining me from the Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge to Hawerlak Park on the long run on Saturday. It was great catching up! If anyone ever wants to join me on one of my runs, please ask! It really breaks up the monotony when you have someone to run with (even for a few kms). That is now two Saturdays in a row I have had a running buddy!
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.