The last month has seen more pain than normal with the passing of my mother on 16th November after a long slow deterioration over the last few years. While she may have died a thousand deaths as she slowly faded from the woman I knew it wasn't until she took her last breath that the finality of it sinks in.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Life is like an endurance event, an Ultra perhaps - sometimes it feels great and you're on top of the world and at other times you struggle and don't see the point in going on. The only difference perhaps is the form the euphoria or pain takes. The battle as always is to get through the pain, accept it, learn to live with and move along. One thing's for sure it doesn't go away, you just embrace it and make it part of who you are. What helps get you through is support, be it from family and friends or total strangers along the road - a word of encouragement here a helping hand there.
Joan McGrath 1935 - 2010
Needless to say my running has been up in the air since the end of October, with mileage for the last 5 weeks totalling 3, 5, 12, 27 & 51 as I gradually get back into it.