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I was raised by two incredible human beings (shoutout to Nan Trefz and Stephen Trefz) and could not have asked for better parents so don’t get me wrong when I say I was also raised by IPTV: Reading Rainbow, 3…2…1…Contact! & of course Sesame Street.
And this song probably had a formative impact on my perspective of, well, perspectives.
Anyway, you don’t need to be Freud to connect the dots between those lyrics and my pre-race talks about we aren’t going to cure cancer out there.
And in the Welcome Center today, we talk about perspective and cancer. particularly the perspective her six-year struggle with cancer has given Gabe Grunewald.
To whit, this blog she wrote.
A couple passages in particular ring out:
Since finding out about the new cancer, I have used running as therapy, much like I did through my three previous cancer experiences. The simple act of running is always a welcome diversion from the overwhelming uncertainty of my future. And you can’t really cry while you run, which is great! When I’m in the middle of a workout I’m not thinking about surviving cancer, I’m just trying to survive the workout.
I still dream about running fast this year and beyond, but the truth is I don’t really know what’s going to happen or how much elite running is realistically in front of me. All I can do right now is approach each day like I approach each rep of a workout: one at a time, doing my best to hang on until the next one.
So this is the scary part: I have a rare cancer for which there is no cure and limited effective treatment options available. But this is the hopeful part: cancer medicine is advancing every day and there are a couple of clinical trials for ACC starting soon. And the best part: I am alive, I am loved, and I still feel good enough to run.
Cancer can stop you from doing a lot of things, I’m well aware of that. But I’m more interested in what cancer can’t stop me from doing. Here’s to finding out.
We think back to our first workout up Old Captain Irish Speedway:
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”
Running at State is stressful, there is pressure, but above all it’s a gift. Don’t lose sight of that. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Ask Gabe.
On today’s run, we christen the new, anything-but-bouncy bridge in Hickory Hill before downhill strides out front. A quick chat with Emily and Anna about their races Thursday.
Miles = 2.75