When Mike took up trail and ultra running, I wasn't quite sure what it all entailed. It was a complete new world to me but I saw how much joy it gave him, which made me happy. It also includes lots of scrapes, bruises and the occasional doctor/hospital visits, so obviously I sometimes worry when he goes out on the trails. But the positive out weigh the negatives, so I do what I can to stand at the ready with bandages, essential oils and my support to help him recover for the next race and training.
When he comes home form training runs in the mountains and shows me the beautiful surroundings, I can't help to think it would be great to be out there too. I know my limitations and that's okay. Our small hikes with our dog and occasionally our cat gives me lots of joy and I get to see the beauty surrounding us. But the last couple of days, I have been wondering something, which happened after Mike told me about another of his trail buddies.
Mike Farrington is an ultra runner from Illinois whom I have never met but he has become a big inspiration to me over the last couple of days. He has MS and ran the Squamish 50, 50 miler last month! That's f****** amazing!
MS is classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system and has a lot of similar symptoms as CFS/ME. So I'm beyond impressed and Mike F. (just so you don't confuse the two Mike's) got me thinking about my abilities. With CFS/ME exercise can lead to relapses so it's very important to be mindful of your limitations and work within your limits. But with that said, it's not impossible to go out there and do something! I know I won't be running a trail race any time soon but I sure can do something! So let the training commence; slow but steady; for a 5km race next year. One without time cut offs as I might have to walk some of it! I have been looking at a few and will decide soonish which one it will be.
So thank you Mike Farrington!
Check out an interview Run Like A Girl did with Mike here to learn more about him.
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