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Fattima and Mude before the race

This past weekend we made our way over to Pocatello Idaho which is about 9-10 hours away. This is where the state tournament was to be held and also where the elevation is quite different than it is on the North end of the state. Pocatello has an elevation of 4,462 and our area is about 2,579. I had no idea this could have such an impact on runners, the teams from the North were at a huge disadvantage.

I watched other races and saw our top runners struggling and coming in at times that were not a reflection of their usual runs but still I had no idea what this meant.

When Mude’s race came I expected to see him towards the front of the pack  based on his time at districts . I stood waiting and worrying and he finally came jogging past, red faced, sweat drenched and moving very slowly.

By the end of the race he was gasping for air and had trouble breathing. I was worried he would collapse on the way in and felt a bit panicked. Foof and I ran over trails, wet grass and dirt to locate him.

He made it to the end where he dropped to his knees, his teammates ran over to check on him and called for help. The coach came, grabbed him and walked him to the medical tent where he was taken care of and eventually his breathing regulated to normal.

I was so happy that we made the trip and that we were there for him! I also witnessed teammates, family and friends all waiting near the tent for him to breathe easily and finally walk away. His coaches held him up, stood in the tent, monitored him and in general were his support and have been for the past four years!

When he was stable and doing well Foof and I made our way back to Boise and the next day, back home. I left him in their hands and felt totally confident that he was being taken care of as if I were there on the bus with him.

I was relieved when he was able to breathe easily, but he was disappointed that this race was not what he had expected. I reminded him that he was ok and that he made it across the finish line! He came in second at districts and based on his season I felt he would be one of the top runners and would have a great PR.  He barely made it through the race and I am surprised that he crossed the finish line.

Life is full of so many lessons and this was just one small one! I could not be more proud of him!! He is taking the week off and informed me that he will then be back in training for the coming track season!

It really is true, it is how you play the game and not whether you win or lose!!

 

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  1. He did better than most of us who sat on our butts. He will learn from this learning curve and apply his experience to the next race.

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    October 31, 2016
  2. A hard but useful lesson to learn . It is not the winning but the taking part and it applies to all part of love. You have beautiful children who are becoming well rounded adults. xxxcx

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    October 31, 2016
  3. Absolutely Lynn, great words to live by. The main thing is Mude is okay. xxxx

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    October 31, 2016
    • I was so worried lynne! The altitude is huge and I didnt know would make such a difference. The team came in last and the top runners were way behind their usual times!

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      October 31, 2016
  4. A very good friend of mine told me about Idaho and its elevation on respiratory-not good. You have very low humidity there-but the atmospheric conditions differ from so many places. Mude is young and strong and was able to recover-I know you were scared for your son! xxoo b-2

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    October 31, 2016
  5. Altitude makes an enormous difference and it is rather sad that the teams from the North were so handicapped. But the real triumph is that he finished when he felt like lead weights were tied to all his limbs and is chest was crushed by an iron brace. He finished. You must be so proud of him as I hope he is of himself xx

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    October 31, 2016
  6. so glad you were there for him, and all turned out ok. What beautiful kids they are Lynn! You’ve done such an awesome job raising them right! xo

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    October 31, 2016
  7. Mude did his best Lynn and that is terrific 🙂 No one can demand more.
    When we leave our usual level of high and go more high, there will be less oxygen in the air, which make everything more difficult for us. Then same for people, who are climbing mountains, they also need to take it step by step to be able to breath at all.
    Very well done Mude 🙂

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    October 31, 2016
  8. The altitude differences can be tough on non-runners! When I used to hike a lot, it took a couple days to adjust. I’m glad Mude is fine and I’m so happy you were there for him. Yup. Live and learn. The story of life.

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    October 31, 2016
  9. Glad Mude was okay. There’s a movie on cable that Mude might like it’s called McFarland. It’s about a team of day laborers in a poor part of California that became state champions. They had some obstacles to over come. One was they didn’t train for the track that would have to run for one of the meets. Good movie touching.

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    October 31, 2016
  10. He has such a strong will. That’s why he is a sportsman. I can only imagine how worried you were about his condition but it is also such a good feeling to witness that he is in such good care. Glad it all went well!

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    October 31, 2016
  11. I’m glad he is okay and that he was able to finish. Thank you for sharing, Lynn.

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    October 31, 2016
  12. Glad to hear he’s ok. This will be a great LEARNING lesson for him. There are many factors in life that can influence an individual’s performance (athletics and career.) Learning how to acclimate to external social and environmental factors determines in life which people achieve the goals they set. This “loss” should be viewed as a “win.” He completed in a race under conditions he was not aware he was physically unconditioned to compete in. His DETERMINATION helped him ACHIEVE a finishing position in the race. This character trait will take him far in life.

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    October 31, 2016
  13. I am glad he was alright – and that he is going to get right back up and continue on!

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    October 31, 2016
  14. I stand by my earlier comment that it is totally unfair for the northern team to have to race against a team that is use to the high altitude. Love the photos!!

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    October 31, 2016
  15. I can imagine the disappointment but at least Mude is okay. x

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    October 31, 2016
  16. Oh boy they were at a disadvantage not getting there a day or two early and get accumulated to the higher elevation! I get elevation sickness often when hiking. Getting there a day ahead, and snacking throughout the hike helps me a lot.

    I’m so happy to hear Mude is fine, and amazed he finished! Well done!!!
    The images are wonderful!

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    October 31, 2016
  17. As you say, an important lesson. This reminds me of the Paris Marathon when there was not enough water to go round and we were given yoghurt on the run. It made me feel better to know that the elite runners had also puked up after the race 🙂

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    October 31, 2016
  18. This is worrisome, Lynn, but I would ascribe it to the altitude. Unless you’ve been training in the altitude you are at a big disadvantage.
    Leslie

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    October 31, 2016
  19. So very true Lynn, life is full of so many lessons. I am glad Mude is doing well and you were there to watch him. And to read about so many wonderful people there to help him is a show of support for him. Lovely post, glad you are back home safely. 🙂

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    October 31, 2016
  20. What a touching story, Lynn. Thank goodness there was help for your son. Just like life curve balls we never even see coming make the outcome different then “expected”. You have such a beautiful family! How proud you must be!!! ❤

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    October 31, 2016
  21. So pleased you got to see Mude run, and finish the race. Glad to hear he is ok.
    xx

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    October 31, 2016
  22. Very informative. Thank you!

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    October 31, 2016
  23. Glad that all went well. He has a true sportman’s spirit… 🙂

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    October 31, 2016
  24. Lyn I’m so glad he is okay. How disappointing that must have been for him, to work so hard, and know that the atmosphere played a key part in the outcomes. But he finished. And he is well. Good on him!

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    October 31, 2016
  25. Wow. He should be very proud of himself for actually finishing with that kind of disadvantage. I’m sure he was very frustrated but what could he or the other runners from your area done to prepare for such circumstances? Watching your child struggle to breath like that is a very scary thing. It is a very helpless feeling. Glad it all worked out.

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    October 31, 2016
  26. Lynn, I just love how you are *there* for your kids no matter what. Such a huge blessing, and you’re raising some GREAT kids!!!

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    October 31, 2016
  27. That is so true Lynn! We live at about 3700 ft., and family visiting from TX or FL have a hard time with that altitude adjustment. Kudos to Foof for finishing!!!

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    October 31, 2016
  28. Wow that sounds like it was pretty scary, glad all is well now though. Such a shame for those that trained so hard and traveled all the way to compete to not really stand a chance just due to the location. 😦

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    October 31, 2016
    • Yes it was very unexpected. I never realized how much it would effect the runners

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      October 31, 2016
      • I wouldn’t think of it either but it makes me wonder if the organizers of something like that shouldn’t know how it could. One thing to be a little slower than your normal time but not being able to breathe sounds so scary!

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        October 31, 2016
        • Yes it is so strange. They rotate each year and so we had never been to this location. Maybe a reason to find one place that is fair for everyone1

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          November 1, 2016
          • That would make the most sense after what had happened. I’m sure athletes push themselves at every event but this one sounded like it got especially scary so hopefully they take that into consideration when choosing where to host from now on.

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            November 1, 2016
          • Yes I hope they do!

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            November 1, 2016
  29. Yes, altitude is huge with runners and can make or break a run. I ran in Boise a few times and could never understand why even a 6-mile run would leave me gasping and exhausted… until I found out about elevation. Then I went to SLC and wanted to die… a 4000-foot increase from what I train. Mude needs to come here and race… he’d be guaranteed first place!! 😀

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    October 31, 2016
    • Thanks so much Paula! It was sure something I did not know about until I watched his teammates and then him! It was crazy! He has wanted to run in several Seattle events so I will tell him haha! xxx

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      November 1, 2016
  30. Really gotta admire his strength to continue and finish the race in the condition that he was in….where so many others would have given up he kept going even to the detriment of his health. I’m glad he is OK but he has nothing to be disappointed about. He is truly a winner in my book!

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    November 1, 2016
    • I told him that Tasha and soon after he agreed! He was surprised he finished too! He said he thought of just collapsing because it hurt and he could barely breathe!!

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      November 1, 2016
  31. I am glad Mude is OK. You have a great perspective and I’m sure that makes him feel better. It sounds like it was a great adventure.

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    November 1, 2016
    • It was an adventure and I realized how important sports can be. It shows kids that we can’t control things, our boss or co workers or others or many circumstances too. So, I really felt bad but also thought major lesson.

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      November 1, 2016
      • These lessons are important. If he doesn’t see it now, he will later on. What a great opportunity for him to travel and compete!

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        November 2, 2016
        • He really understood the next day! He was having trouble getting a breath and most likely dehydrated from the altitude change so his ribs were hurting! So he then saw it and was happy he finished xx

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          November 2, 2016
  32. It is amazing what a difference a change in altitude can make. I’m glad Mude is fine now. I got altitude sickness once in Ecuador. It is awful.

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    November 1, 2016
  33. Glad to hear that Mude was ok and well done for him continuing to the finish! This would have been an experience for him, but hopefully him and his team will take positive things from it. That was quite a road trip for you, 9-10 hours! I think travelling to see my parents 3 1/2 hours away was bad!

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    November 1, 2016
  34. Tough guy. My daughter got dehydrated on a hundred mile bike ride. She got confused and combative. That was so dangerous.

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    November 1, 2016
  35. Young and full of strength and tenacity! Your family have the “winner’s attitude!” Setbacks are part of life but having one’s mother (teammates and loved ones) there really makes you feel better. Mude is so handsome, Lynn. 🙂

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    November 2, 2016
  36. Wow. I would not have expected a few thousand feet to have that much impact either. I know it’s tough for flat land athletes to compete at high elevations like Laramie, at 7,000+. I never even think of Pokey as being high. Perhaps in the coming season he can do some training in the nearby hills?

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    November 2, 2016
    • This was his last year so now college. Watching the teammates I was confused and then when it was his race I was shocked!

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      November 2, 2016
  37. I’m glad he was able to finish the race, even though it sounds like it was a super hard course. Good job!

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    November 3, 2016
  38. I am so glad he is okay! This was beautiful Lyn!

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    November 5, 2016
  39. Charley was a long distance runner and learning breathing techniques was important . I helped officiate many events when he was Director of Track in RI. I was amazed at how much of a difference a year could make for some of the runners. There is always next season.

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    November 16, 2016
  40. Beautiful and lovingly supportive message Lynn!

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    November 30, 2016
    • Thanks dear! I have missed you and have fallen way behind and off course in blogging haha

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      December 1, 2016
      • Me too. My blogging mojo left me for a while.I think my move was very draining and has been a much bigger adjustment than I anticipated. Plus, it is very hard to keep up with everything. I need a better system.🤔

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        December 1, 2016

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