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Have fun on the trails ... and maybe try a 50-miler this year.

Ric Moxley ran: I hoped the run would...

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  • 8 miles
  • 01:45 time
  • 12:58 pace
  • 936 calories
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alright Rumination Run 8.1 mi 01:45 12:58 pace

I hoped the run would distract me from what I could not control - my mom going to a nursing home out East while I'm stuck here out West. Her Alzheimer's has progressed to the point that Dad cannot care for her at home any more. I'm grateful for the assistance my Ohio/Indiana siblings are giving to aid Dad in getting Mom into the place, but feeling helpless out here, so I went for a run, all I could do, really.

The 1st half of the run did me no good as a thought blocker, but the 2nd half I pushed hard, shooting for some Strava PRs (and got one), and the combination of the extra effort plus the inevitable flow of endorphins from running a distance did much to distract and raise my spirits.

For any of you who are Facebook friends of mine, do me a solid and say nothing about the institutionalizing on FB til I have posted about this ... Dad wants to break the news personally to their friends before word gets out.

Y'all value every day that you have your wits about you still. They might flee someday. http://runmeter.com/6bb660073cb39dc4/Run-20171111-1032.

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    Don't fall down the well.

    6 days ago Like2 people

  • Menno G.
    Menno G.

    Hi Rick, have a great time running there! Sorry to read about your mom. All the best!

    6 days ago Like2 people

  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.

    Speedy!

    So sorry to hear about you Mom! It's an evil disease.

    6 days ago Like2 people

  • Helene W.
    Helene W.

    Hang in there, Ric. Losing brain's faculties is so hard on the people around. Two of my friends here went to the same heartbreaking times not that long ago. Dementia and Alzheimer :-(

    6 days ago Like2 people

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    What a bummer, if she were there in the mountains running with you she would likely have more years but try to get your mom to run... not happening... mine is walking every day but she shirks and it has a visible effect when she does. Not looking too good for the future, though she's still soldiering on so far... so I have a little bit of the same thing... lucky you have siblings...

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    Pierre – got a kick out of your "don't fall down the well" comment in route LOL. The chuckle did me good. As far as the thought of getting mom to run? That would be even funnier, if you knew her. :-) This is a woman who probably hasn't been capable of (or willing to be) walking around the block in 15 to 20 years.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    Between me, my siblings, and our offspring, we are trying much to change family health through healthier lifestyles. But we weren't modeled it. Sorry to hear you have a little of the same thing… Among relatives, or developing in yourself??

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    Thanks, all, for your words of encouragement. Helene – you are so right! There's a frightening statistic about how many of the caregiving spouses end up dying first while caring for those with Alzheimer's or dementia because it is so emotionally and physically stressful. FYI, I just got the go-ahead seconds ago from dad to go public on Facebook with the news, and I'll be doing so in a couple of hours.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Vira K.
    Vira K.

    I'm glad the run helped. I'm sorry you couldn't be there with her and your dad.

    6 days ago Like2 people

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    Sorry, I meant that my family situation is a little bit like yours and I sympathize.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ruth B.
    Ruth B.

    So sorry

    6 days ago Like

  • Shelly A.
    Shelly A.

    Hang in there. Hugs.

    6 days ago Like

  • Hazel R.
    Hazel R.

    A difficult time for all concerned. I hope that your dad will see the positive in moving your mum into care - hope he can enjoy her company without the worry and hard work that looking after her has likely entailed. I also hope that the change for your mum is not distressing to her.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    Thank you, Ruth, Shelley, and Hazel. My siblings and I are a bit concerned about Dad here – whether he may feel obligated to be with her around the clock even though he's now paying for round-the-clock help. Will be watching this over the next few days, encouraging him to take time to go to the gym, go shopping, or whatever, so that he truly is weaning himself off of being the primary caregiver

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Mel P.
    Mel P.

    Sorry to hear this. Your dad is doing the best thing, but that doesn’t make it easy. Glad you were able to go for a run, it always helps me clear my head.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Sorry to hear the unfortunate news. Alzheimers is a very difficult journey for the family. Glad you were able to get in a good run today.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Sue R.
    Sue R.

    Sorry to hear about your mom Ric

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Bill H.

    Been through this with parents and in-laws, Rick. It’s a difficult time for everyone in your family - will keep you in my thoughts.

    6 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    thanks, guys. much appreciated. sorry to hear, Bill, that you have personal experience in handling this type of thing. :(

    6 days ago Like

  • Diane V.
    Diane V.

    Nice run to help you keep distracted. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to be so many miles away. As I mentioned on FB, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    5 days ago Like1 person

  • Ric M.
    Ric M.

    thanks much for that, diane

    5 days ago Like