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Diagnosed with depression 17 years ago, I lost the life I once knew, but in the process re-created a better me. I am alive and functional today because of my dog, my treatment team, my sobriety, and my willingness to re-create myself within the confines of this illness. I hate the illness, but I'm grateful for the person I've become and the opportunities I've seized because of it. I hope writing a depression blog will reduce stigma and improve the understanding and treatment of people with mental illness. All original content copyright to me: etta. Enjoy your visit!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tragedy in the Marathon

I ran another marathon today. The Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon runs through West-Central Minnesota along what used to be a railroad corridor. I used it as a long training run and finished in 3:42:25.

Unfortunately, that is not the news most pressing this evening. I attended this marathon with several other area runners. Our driver was a 35 year-old husband and father in perhaps the best shape of his life. He was shooting for a personal best 3:10-3:15 on this flat, fast course. After crossing the finish line around 3:14, he collapsed. He died a short time later.

There are no words for occasions like this. Why God feels the need for senseless occasions like this is a grand mystery to me. The needless agony of his family haunts me tonight. I don't know what else to say. I cannot shed any light on the darkness of the moment. Rest in peace, Paul. Rest in peace.


Michele said...

Terrible news. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Maggie Beth said...

What a horrible shock Etta....

I am sorry this pain has touched your life at this time......

I pray for his family and friends at this time and I pray that while you mourn you will continue to remain focused on your personal path of healing......

Peace ~ Maggie