"Don't let the fat chick beat you"?

I have been racing for about 5 years now. I am not a typical runner or even triathlete. I fight with serious medical conditions every step of the way, but each step makes me stronger. I have two boys both with special needs and I have learned to chalk that up to making me stronger as well.

It is with sad heart that I must report that lupus has won the battle this year, but trust me when I say the war is far from over! My racing days are not over by any stretch of the imagination. This is just a minor setback that will make me stronger.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Parenting and Marathoning

Let me preface this whole thing by saying that both of my kids are “special needs”. Jose has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) and Cuervo is (rapid cycle) bipolar (he has already been hospitalized).
Last night I planned on going straight from work to gym to get my six miles in. Well, my sister was still at work at 4 (Jose needs to be picked up by 4:30 and she works a good 45 minutes away), I had the boys’ medicine (which needs to taken no later than 5), as I was trying to walk out the door Cuervo’s assistant principal called… Cuervo has had a VERY rough week, Saturday he was downright insubordinate, Sunday/Monday he was have “off days” (tripping over everything, crying at the drop of a hat, and the list goes on). Tuesday he was higher than a kite (still could not get to sleep at midnight), Wednesday he was a little more himself, Thursday he seemed to be ok. The one of the meds Cuervo is on will make him fall asleep if he does not have enough protein (there are times a carton of eggs are not enough protein) so yesterday in class he fell asleep (the school is VERY understanding about this). This kid who has been bullying him for at least a week took it upon himself to wake Cuervo up, and ended up with an elbow in the face. If Cuervo is not woken up a certain way he will jump; now if the elbow to the face was intentional or not, who’s to say? The teacher did not see this and neither child said a word. The next class brat boy continued. In the past this would have sent Cuervo into such a rage I would have been called immediately and the school’s team that supports him would have been activated, but not yesterday! The two boys were called down to the principal’s office and Cuervo did hide under her desk until he was able to regain control and they were able to discuss the whole situation. In the past he has hidden in the lost and found, he has run off school grounds, he has climbed up the fence behind first base (you know, the really tall fence) and 90% of the time he remembers nothing! I am extrememly proud that he was able to keep this situation under this much control (brat boy has also been making fun of Cuervo for doing gymnastics because it is a ‘girl sport’, Cuervo LOVES gymnastics). With all that said, I know, what is the point? When he is that agitated he will go after his brother at the drop of a hat! So there was no way I was going to leave both my boys with my sister alone just so I could go run!
This entire week has been one that I MUST remain flexible. Ok, my entire life with those two I must be able to remain flexible. I know I have a training plan, but I have to keep in mind there will be some weeks I just will not be able to get all my miles in, and this is one of those weeks. Ok, I could get my miles in this week, but I will not push it that much. After pain and torture I will get to the gym early and get on the treadmill and see how much I can do before my personal trainer appointment. As long as it is more than 3 I will be happy!
This weekend is a 6 miler and an 8 miler. The 6-miler I will be leaving my neighborhood, just for a change of scenery I will hit a lower section of my trail on Saturday and Sunday the part of the trail that goes around the lake! Both of these runs are done before my boys get up!!!!!


  1. You are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    I have nephews with autism. It's hard. It's crazy hard. I see the toll on my sisters.

    Just know, I think you are incredible.

  2. Emz - thank you! Some days are harder than others, and this week has been insane!