Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Overcoming Real Adversity - Iram Leon


As you might imagine, I’m a pretty upbeat guy.  The humor and levity that you read on my blog is extruded from my pores at any given moment. (Hence my glisten)  However, I can admit that this stress fracture is really taking its toll on me.  It is sort of like a little bee. If he flies by once, you say “oh fun, a little bee. Buzz buzz little dude – have fun making honey!” However, sometimes that bee sort of hangs around your head for a while.  Soon, your thoughts float from sweet honey to “oh god, am I allergic to bee stings?  Am I going to end up with swollen lips like Octo-mom after all of this is done?? GET AWAY BEE.

This weekend I had a “long aqua-jog” of 2 hours on Saturday that went great.  I was ebbing and bobbing and all was right with the world.  I even got to pee in the pool a few times.  It was heavenly. But, Sunday’s “recovery” aqua jog found my leg being a bit funky in a similar way as my stress fracture was.  Read: the pain was back.  So, I cut my recovery short at 40 min on Sunday and skipped today.  I have a follow up appointment on Wednesday to check the healing progress via x-ray.  I was hopeful that I would get the green light to bike and do some LIGHT running but now I’m not sure.  How can I easy run a marathon in 3.5 hours if I can’t float in a pool for 2???

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Shifting gears slightly, a story recently came across my desk (doesn’t that make me sound important?) that has to be shared – and honestly probably should have came before talking about bees and peeing in the pool.

You see, some people have issues. Like, real issues.  Iram Leon has brain cancer.  The bad kind that kills you (not sure there is a good kind....).  In fact doctors say that he won’t live to see 40. He is taking pills that make him throw up, can’t drive because of past seizures, and has scars from surgery.  But, he is a runner.  A fast runner.  In fact, he won the Gusher Marathon this past weekend with a time of 3:07.  Did I mention that he was pushing his SIX year old daughter in a jogging stroller?

Yeah.

Anyway, you can read about his race here or read his race report here or follow him on twitter here.  I am not sure that I could tell his story any better than he himself did.

So, whenever I’m feeling bad about my little silly stress fracture that WILL heal eventually, I guess I can just think of Iram. Cause, he is sort of bad ass.



12 comments:

Jen said...

I do feel for your situation tho. It sucks to be a side-lined runner but I really appreciate the perspective. Whenever I'm feeling all "oh poor me" I always remind myself that there are bigger problems in the world.

Now heal up, will ya?

ThePetitePacer said...

*sigh*

ajh said...

I have been whining about my injury here but you really put it into perspective.

Kate Geisen said...

That story, and his blog post, brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing it Adam.

Gracie said...

What a man and runner!

Sue's Ramblings said...

I know you feel - I fractured my metatarsal 3 years ago and last October tore my hip flexor. I was a grouchy bear for the longest time and it's a wonder I still have family and friends! Thank you for your link on Iram - coz I was just turning into a bear (pulled a calf muscle over weekend).

MotherRunner said...

Holy crap that guy is amazing.

Hang in there. See if you can set a PR in wine drinking in the meantime.

runningsurvivor said...

Yes He is a bad ass...and an inspiration to all of us...I am having issues myself with my shins...ergh! Last year I broke my pelvis and now I can't seem to run without pain in both my inner shins...compared to a brain tumor/cancer, my shin pain is so minimal and unimportant...I do hope you get healed and are able to do your marathon bud, way to keep it in perspective. Buzz Buzz...GET AWAY BEE!

sonia said...

Nice post and HUGE kudos to Iram Leon - what an incredible accomplishment and an amazing attitude! I just discovered your blog - I am a runner as well (from Canada, eh??). Hope you heal up soon!

Caratunk Girl said...

Wow, that story on Iram Leon is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

I know how frustrating it is to be sidelined by an - injury I hope you heal up soon.

Missy said...

Injuries suck! Hang in there!
That guys story is amazing. Perspective, we all need a little sometimes.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

It's so difficult not to feel down when dealing with an injury...

Stories of those facing life-threating diseases or interacting with someone who was born with a disability are good for putting things in perspective.

Hope you get some good news soon!