…75 Days Until Race Day
After running 50 miles yesterday and cutting 2.5 hours off of my previous fastest time, I was scheduled for a 1 hour run/walk today.
When I woke up, my legs were tight and my body was stiff. I messaged Coach Jon Olsen with this question, “My schedule calls for an hour run/walk today. How important is it that I run all of it?”
I didn’t THINK I could run, nor did I WANT to run.
Then, I checked my Facebook notices and saw that I had been tagged in someone’s post. It was the first thing I saw on Facebook today.
My high school classmate, Jodi, she herself a cancer survivor, alerted me to a young lady whose story she thought I should tell. With Jodi‘s help, we have permission from the family to share this story.
I don’t know Team Kinsey personally, and the story below is pieced from her page, but, you don’t have to know someone or their entire story to be able to sympathize and empathize with them.
Through the photos I’ve seen of her and what I’ve read about her, I already love this girl.
I PROMISE, you will too.
You’ve read the easy part.
Meet Team Kinsey.
On January 27th, Kinsey celebrated her 18th birthday.
Things have not been easy leading up to her birthday and they haven’t been any easier after it, either.
Kinsey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and has had her leg amputated.
Recently, she had a CT scan as a follow up to her scan on October 11. Here is the info from her page:
“We got the results back from Kinseys CT scan. They’ve compared this one to her last scan. There are more tumors in her lungs than the last time. It’s showing that the original tumors are larger than they were. It also appears that the tumors are accompanied by blood clots, similar to what happened with her leg. The tumors & clots are working & moving together. This doesn’t change her prognosis.” – Kinsey’s page
This is the post that I woke up to this morning:
“Kinsey could use some extra prayers today… She’s dealing with some excruciating pain this morning! Pain meds have all been given, had to give her something to calm her anxiety too. We’re over an hour into this episode. It’ll ease just long enough for her to start to relax & doze off then hits again hard. Adam & I are at a loss of what to do. She begs us to help her but there’s nothing we can do but cry…..” – Kinsey’s mom
Can you IMAGINE being in THAT MUCH PAIN?!
Can you IMAGINE being THAT HELPLESS to ANY child, let alone YOUR CHILD?
Those were the words that got my “poor tight, sore legs” out of bed, out the door and down the road.
The ENTIRE run, all I thought about was Team Kinsey. I didn’t look at my watch until it beeped at the 1 hour mark.
I ran by feel.
I ran with vigor.
I ran on emotion.
Team Kinsey sure could use your prayers and positive vibes.
Team Kinsey, YOU are the reason I ran today. Thank you for allowing me to share your story, to honor you the best way that I can. YOU motivated and inspired me today.
Who will you meet tomorrow?