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Running After Normality

It was race weekend for me. Two, back to back. A 5k in Elimra Saturday night and an 8k in Cambridge this morning. Kathleen has never been into running, although we both used to walk a boatload together. 3k in the morning with Orville and about the same at night. Then, longer hikes on the weekend. All seasons with 2 dogs. And before that when we were students, on our bikes for, well everything as we had no car back then. I would have thought running would be a natural for her, but it was never her thing. However, she would always come out to my races to cheer me on. The last few she was too ill to come, but she was determined to be there for these.
Saturday went really well for her despite having an awful sore throat. She was able to be at the start and finish line. However, for today’s race, she had to make a quick dash for the car for gravol. Almost didnt make it, and the big house people of Brant st. were wondering if she was some junkie shooting up in the passenger seat πŸ™‚ Kath was really upset that she wasnt able to be at the finish line for me. The opposite for me. I was thrilled she was even able to come! Today’s race had some nasty hills at the end — I loved them πŸ™‚ and all I could think of while running up for the last bit was this was a million times easier to do than the effort she had to put out just to walk up the hill to where the start line was! You can see the route here

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Combined with the pre-race trip to Nougat Bakery yesterday (Our favorite cafe), and then post race trip to the mall for some browsing, it was an almost ‘normal’ weekend for us. Hopefully with the weather getting warmer and brighter, normality will be a little closer yet.

Looking at fabric for my sister
Warming up cold hands at the start of today’s race
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About In the Cancer Bubble

I am Kathleen's partner of almost 25yrs supporting her through this very tough and rough spot.

6 responses to “Running After Normality

  1. Anne ⋅

    Love all the colours in the pics… hints of spring! We know it is coming to a city near us anytime soon;) Kathleen LOVE the orange purse … what a great find. Goes great with pancakes, maple syrup and the purple coat πŸ™‚
    Yes, I just rolled through all the pics… as I often read the posts on my bberry and it doesn’t enable me to see the pics nor post comment. (could be due to a limited breadth of knowledge on my end)
    As always thank you so much for the updates of life events. It always invites a deeper feeling of day to day connection. I work to master weaving that into my life skill portfolio but must confess my techno know how is really techno NO how.
    Thank you for always keeping in touch. Jill and I hope to be able to visit at the end of the month. We so look forward to seeing you both… Maybe a trip Nougat will be in the cards.
    Much love to you both as always sending a wealth and warmth of hugs your way.

  2. Stacee Forrester ⋅

    Hi Kathleen and Mike,

    As always, you are so inspiring with what you manage to do in a day and support each other with love and encouragement. You look beautiful in orange Kath! And Mike, way to go for the runs – and thanks for the great perspective…you always have this wonderful way of weaving all of what you two are going through into patterns of thoughtful, insightful, and deeply meaningful mosaics that bring us so close to you.
    have a warm and wonderful day tomorrow you two and hope to see you soon,
    Stacee and isobel

  3. judy ⋅

    Dear Mike and Kathlleen.
    love the photos as always, great juxtaposiion between your bare legs Mike and the lady’s full down coat. Kathleen you look so pretty with the orange and yellow fabric. dress?
    Kudos for the running and cheering.
    Love Judy

  4. Alyson ⋅

    I remember those student days well! Both of you were bike masters! I probably couldn’t have kept up in the crappy car I had at the time.
    Would love to visit you both soon. Bill and I are living just north of Listowel in a small town called Molesworth. Some good dog walking trails….

  5. Great job Mike. I hate hills. I am hoping Maureen will be in town in May sometime so we can visit. I am laid up from my foot surgery but I hope to be there soon. Take care.

  6. Jill ⋅

    Dear Kathleen and Mike, You are two beautiful people sharing beautiful moments. Thank you for showing us love and inspiration and how to make the most of life’s simple pleasures and offerings. Sending some warm spring sunshine and love your way from Ottawa. xo Jill

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