Endurance

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A visit to the hospital with Drew yesterday brought an unexpected surprise: a small exhibit from one of my favorite artists installed in the lobby. I’ve collected several of his pieces over the years. His work is colorful, sentimental, whimsical, and downright funny. The hospital exhibit was part of a 365 project he took on. Check out his website here.

While Drew was undergoing one of the longest scans he’s ever had during one of the most trying visits we’ve ever had, I began reading a book written by a vegan ultra marathon runner. I’m not quite sure why I picked up this book, to be quite honest. I have a vegetarian diet, but an unwavering passion for cheese and ice cream prevents me from ever having a vegan diet. I’m training to run my first marathon this year, but I will never have a run than extends beyond 26.2 miles, let alone 50 or 100. I’ll be lucky to get this first marathon in. I suppose I was most interested in how he ensures that his plant-based diet provides the right fuel to support his body through such a grueling activity.

But in the book, there’s a quote that reads, “Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.” Reading this quote in a hospital waiting room, it dawned on me what connects me to running. Like managing your child’s disease, running can be exhausting, distressing and sometimes excruciatingly painful. But somehow, you find other gears and manage to grind it out. Running is frequent reminder that I can find strength that I didn’t know was there…a reminder that comes in handy during hospital visits like we had yesterday.

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