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Supporting the Man Who Used to Run

This weekend, Evan and I made the trip to Seneca Falls, NY to run the It’s a Wonderful Run 5K. Between an evening race through a festive town, getting to spend time with my grandfather, and skiing with Evan on Sunday, it really was a wonderful weekend.

George Bailey BridgeThe only picture of the race I took – George Bailey’s bridge (aka the starting line)

But I’m not writing today to talk about any of those things. The race was great in a painful, puke-inducing way. And I was reminded why I don’t run 5Ks (but also how I really really want to get faster). I want to tell you about how I swore I was going to throw up for 2.9 of those 3.1 miles, how I accidentally dropped my husband within the first 50 meters, and how I actually was able to race smart(ish) and pick people off at the end, despite having barely run over the last couple of weeks.


Unfortunately all that will have to wait. I spent the day making last-minute preparations for a long trip tomorrow — preparations that included searching frantically for my lost license only to find out it was sitting at the ski mountain where I had just been the day before…and has been for the past week (oops). And then making a two hour round trip to retrieve it, getting my husband’s car stuck in the mud on the way there and getting pulled over for the first time since college on the way back. Couldn’t have asked for a better Monday…

Anyway, my point in all this rambling is that tomorrow I’m heading out to Pennsylvania to be with my dad. Since many of you wrote such nice things after I posted his story last month, I figured I’d give you all an update to let you know how he’s doing.

On Wednesday we will be heading to the Cleveland Clinic for a full day of pre-op fun. On Thursday, my dad will go in for his second knee surgery in as many months — this time to remove a bad aneurysm. The surgery could leave him in the hospital for up to a week and will keep him out of commission for 3 – 4 months. To say he is dreading it is an understatement.

So, just as he has been by my side as my biggest cheerleader and supporter throughout my many years running and racing, I plan to be alongside him and my mom for this new (unfortunate) type of race.

Dad xmastree 2012

If you have a moment, I’m sure he would appreciate it if you kept him in your thoughts and prayers this next week. I know this surgery is going to make his life better (and save him from future harm), but it’s going to be a long road ahead.

See you all from Cleveland…

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33 Responses to Supporting the Man Who Used to Run

  1. Safe travels, LBC, and best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery for Mr. Wonderful. I’m sure he’s going to be so happy to have you there and you’ll be a great supporter. Maybe bring a cowbell?

    Also, seriously, dropping Evan in the race? You’re the worst, Bonkey. (But also the best.)

    Thinking of you, Mr. On The Run! Be brave, recover well.
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  2. Your dad (and the entire family) will be in my thoughts this week and throughout his recovery. He is a strong man, surrounded by strong and supportive women. I know this race will be long and hard, but I have faith that your dad will cross the finish line healthier and stronger.


  3. I’m thinking about your dad!! He’s so lucky to have you as a daughter, and you are lucky to have him as your dad :)
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  4. Good luck to your dad!!! He is lucky to have such a wonderful daughter by his side. I will be thinking about him for sure and I hope he makes a smooth and fast recovery!
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  5. Best of luck to your dad!
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  6. Safe travels and prayers!!

  7. My dad also got me into running, and has been one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders as I’ve run further and faster over the last decade. Your posts about your dad definitely hit a note for me…your dad sounds like a wonderful man.

    Thinking good, strong, healthy, happy thoughts for him this week, and in the coming months!!
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  8. Lauren, I just read your dad’s guest post – he is a great writer who was able to fully convey his emotions about running. I think you take after him :) I hope his surgery goes well!! Wishing you and your family the best.
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  9. Sending lots of positive vibes for a successful surgery and recovery!! :-)
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  10. Best wishes to your pa – if you get bored in Cleveland and need restaurant rec’s or something let me know. Fast healing, DadontheRun!
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    • Thanks!! I don’t know if we’ll be leaving the hospital much but I can imagine getting a bit stir-crazy after a few days and needing to get out. I will definitely be bugging you for recommendations if I do! Or if (or should I say WHEN) we just get sick of the hospital cafeteria food.

  11. Keeping your dad in my thoughts. Wishing him a full recovery. Have a safe trip.
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  12. Much luck to Dad on the Run…let me know if you need a nurse!
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  13. I work at the Cleveland Clinic and I truly believe that your dad will be in the best hands. Cleveland leaves something to be desired in my mind… Cleveland Clinic does not! I hope all goes well for him.

    • Thank you so much for this comment! It’s awesome to get such a glowing recommendation for the clinic. I really think he’ll be in good hands on Thursday.

  14. Hoping the surgery goes well and a speedy recovery! Will send healing vibes!
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  15. HI!
    I’m a fellow runner and a follower of your blog.
    My Dad is my biggest hero so I understand where you are at.
    Praying for your Dad and your family.
    Good luck from Canada!

  16. Good luck to your Dad! He seems to be such a strong man, I’m sure he will come out on top! I will be thinking of him-keep us posted of his progress! I’m sure having you there will make it that much easier:)!

  17. GOOD LUCK, Mr. B! I’ll be praying for your whole family. Have a safe trip!
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  18. Good luck to your Dad! Wishing him a quick and easy recovery! Have a safe trip.
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  19. First time commenter – but I just wanted to say praying for your Dad and your family. Thanks for sharing his story.

  20. Best wishes to your Dad, I hope the surgery goes without a hitch and I’m sending speedy recovery thoughts from Australia!

  21. Thank you everyone for the nice comments and prayers.

    Lauren, Thank you! You are a wonderful daughter to come and stay and help Mom out. I love you so very much!
    Love, Dad

  22. Good luck to your dad!! I will definitely keep him and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure that he is so thankful to have you there with him during the whole process.
    My dad, who is a golf lover (and a very good golfer) just had shoulder surgery. Seeing him drugged up, in pain, and barely able to move was one of the toughest moments in my life. You always think your parents are invincible and then something happens that brings them back down to earth. He didn’t want to have the surgery either – but in the long run, it’s the best option for him. Thankfully, his recovery is going well so far and the drs seem to think he will be able to golf again (possibly by late spring).
    Hopefully your dad has a safe surgery and a speedy, healthy recovery!! He needs to be at your next marathon #goodbye318 =)
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  23. Keeping your dad and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hope everything goes better then predicted!

  24. Get well soon, Lauren’s dad! And that race looks fantastic as well!
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  25. Best of luck to your dad with his surgery. I’ll dedicate my long run to him this weekend.

    Have a safe trip … and don’t forget your license!
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  26. Had I know you were there I’d have come out! I probably would have avoided an awful hangover in the process. ha.

    Good luck to your father.
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  27. Your Dad and your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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  28. Good luck to your dad and safe travels to all of you. I am thinking about him and you and wishing you the best.
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  29. Best wishes and I wish him a speedy recovery. Take care!

  30. Thinking of your pop! I saw via twitter that he was discharged from the hospital in 2 days, I hope his recovery at home is going smoothly!

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