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2015.05.11

May 11, 2015

Saturday morning I ran a 5k race.  It was local, but we found out about it almost by accident; unlike most of the races in our town, it got zero mention in the local papers or on facebook.  It was a glorious morning, probably about 70 at the start, and sunny.  The course didn’t cross any roads and it was pretty flat.  I wound up getting a 5k PR, even.

The race (the 2015 POTS Walk and 5K) was a fundraiser to benefit Dysautonomia International, which I’d never heard of.  It’s an organization whose goal is to raise funds and awareness for POTS, which I’d also never heard of.

From the website:  

POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, which is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system.  The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating many systems in our bodies including heart rate and blood pressure.  When POTS patients stand upright their body is unable to regulate heart rate and blood pressure properly.  This leads to an abnormal increase in heart rate.  Because the autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling many bodily functions, POTS brings along a whole host of other symptoms including nausea, fatigue, sweating, lightheadedness, tremors etc.

POTS is a disease that is estimated to effect approximately 1-3 million Americans, mostly young women.  Despite its prevalence, most people have never heard of POTS.  Even most doctors are unfamiliar with POTS, which makes getting a diagnosis and proper treatment extremely difficult.  There is little that doctors understand about POTS and a tragic lack of funding for ongoing research.

In short, a worthy cause.  I’m so SO glad we ran this race and supported the cause.

(The Sunday Globe ran a piece, too.  http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/09/walk-and-raise-money-for-pots-little-known-illness/wUqk81MSiyrcN6NjQvh9cJ/story.html)

Once I got home and cleaned up, it was off to the Smith family races.  Larry and Alistair had tickets to go see Avengers 2, and Larson and I spent the afternoon next door to the movie theater, at the Legoland Discovery Center.

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Since we have family passes, Larry and Alistair met us inside Legoland after the movie.  Alistair claims Legoland is for “little kids”, but he has his moments there, too.

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And then Sunday was of course Mother’s Day.  This is my 10th one, actually.  And I can say with confidence that although the expensive and beautiful presents are always nice to receive, it’s the handmade ones that come home from school that are the ones that make me tear up.  Every.  Single.  Time.

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