Mar 092015
 
North Saskatchewan River from Groat Road Bridge

North Saskatchewan River from Groat Road Bridge

Training update, getting outside, an unexpected running mate, and random thoughts- I had some MS fatigue (MSer’s will know what I mean) late last week. I literally felt like I had a giant safe tied to my backside. Due to the fatigue, I had to miss my Saturday run. Luckily, I felt great when I woke up on Sunday and it was a beautiful day here in Edmonton. Rather than hit the track, I decided to head outside. 

I knew the trails would be slushy and mucky, but I didn’t want to waste a beautiful sunny day. I drove to the parking lot at the John Jensen Nature Centre/Fort Edmonton Park and parked. I ran east along the trail by the river and past the horse stables. I’m not a horse guy, but I don’t mind them either. However, when you are breathing deeply and you pass their smell…..  From there it was up the hill on the path and out back south towards Whyte Ave/Groat Road. I came back North down Groat road and the across the bridge over the North Saskatchewan (pictured above).

Looking towards the Victoria Park Hill

Looking towards the Victoria Park Hill

 

Once over the bridge it was up the Victoria Park Hill and past the Southern tip of downtown. I made my way through the edge of downtown to the top of the wooden stairs by the High Level Bridge. Down the stairs and over the LRT bridge to the Kinsmen Centre. I decided I wanted to run as many hills as possible, so I decided to run up the sidewalk behind the Kinsmen (below).

Bottom of Kinsmen Hill

Bottom of Kinsmen Hill

While running up the hill I thought of possibly dropping in on my Uncle who has a place near the top of the Kinsmen Hill. I was still deliberating when I got to the top of the hill and, amazingly enough, I saw My Uncle jogging past the Sugar Bowl! I waited for the light to change and had to up my pace to catch up with him. He had just started his run and I was about 11km in at that point. He agreed to run with me; what a treat!

When ran along Saskatchewan drive past the University of Alberta and back down to Groat Road. We then turned south and headed up the hill and up Groat then back down past the smelly horses and onto Fort Edmonton Park. I had some distance to go to hit my target for the day so we continued on to the Fort Edmonton Foot Bridge and up that really steep (and currently very muddy) path on the North West side of the river. Once we got to the top, I was done. 23 Km’s in total. My Uncle and I walked back to my vehicle at Fort Edmonton Park. He ran home and I’ll bet was probably close to 20K himself by the time he got home.

It was really amazing to have someone to run with for half of the run. The conversation didn’t pause (except for some brief moments on up hill climbs) and it was really good to catch up. Thanks again Uncle, it was definitely a treat!

Random Thoughts

  • Yesterday was International Women’s Day. I was listening to the BBC World Report Pod Cast during the first half of my run. They had a story about a woman named Sarah from Afghanistan. She is possibly that country’s only female taxi driver. She has dealt with threats and prejudice to become a cab driver and support a family of 15 people. If stories like her aren’t motivating, I don’t know what is.
  • I have never, and will never, understand why some people want you to think exactly how they do. From my own frame of reference, I look at the debate between some MSer’s on taking the MS drugs versus diet. I don’t understand why some feel the need to be entrenched completely in one camp or the other. I take the MS Drugs and I also follow a paleo-style diet. I just want to give myself the best chance for long term health. Thats it. There are no political motivations behind my decisions- I just want to be as healthy as possible. Do I believe that the paleo diet is some sort or miracle? Absolutely not. However, I do believe proper nutrition can make me healthier. Do I have any reason to believe my doctor is part of some global pharma conspiracy? No, I do not. I honestly believe he has my best interests in mind. I don’t know why people can’t take a balanced approach to things. Maybe its just me.
  • Lake Louise Alberta is beautiful. I was there Friday afternoon and Saturday morning for work. Pretty incredible place.
  • I’ve discovered Podcasting as music doesn’t seem to work for me for really long runs. They’re free and available from iTunes and Soundcloud. Most are updated weekly and you can find everything from News to Comedy to Sports.

Until next time,

Sean

 

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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.

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