I'm done like dinner.
The last three weeks I ran 70 miles, then 60, and then 50... the taper has begun.
I have a new secret weapon. I call it the Jo button. When you're flagging, when you're exhausted and think you can't go another step, when your knee hurts, when your quads are tight like a piano string, when you're dehydrated and feeling nauseous....just tap the Jo button three times.
I called upon the Jo button every other mile on my 21 mile run on Sunday.
The hurt doesn't go away... it still sucks... but it puts in into perspective. Tapping the Jo button draws on my inner Jo. It draws on my strength and fierce determination. Tapping the Jo button reminds me of this incredible woman who has become the voice for Glioblastoma brain cancer. Tapping the Jo button doesn't make the pain go away, but it does make it seem insignificant, almost irrelevant.
Joanne's in palliative care now.
On Saturday I run Lean Horse Ultra.
Every step a thought of Jo.
My friends, it is difficult to end this way, but it has become customary on See Mike Run, and I know Jo would be pissed off if it were omitted, so, I say to you, with a heavy heart...
It's a good day to be alive...
that and 'fuck cancer'.
|Jo at Ted's Run for Literacy|
(photo credit Fern Berard)