Heart hurts but London Marathon training goes on

London Marathon training is in full swing. For the most part, training has gone well. You can see in the following two images that Sundays were long-run days. Saturdays were bike days. Otherwise, I mixed it up with tempo, intervals and occasional stationary biking. My long runs in March picked up to 14+, 16+, 18+ and ultimately 21+ miles. Overall, I feel pretty good about training.

February 2016 – training for the London Marathon
March 2016 – training for the London Marathon

Upon my return from India in mid February, my full concentration was on Missy. While we were both ecstatic to see each other, we both knew that our time together was coming to an end. I spent as much time as I could with her. Morning and evening walks were routine. Once a week doctor visits were routine. Giving her medicine became a chore. She was eating less and less as February rolled into March. She went from 22 lbs down to less than 16. Her body became skeletal, her energy was drained. she couldn’t eat anything. Through this all, she smiled every time we were together. She would come and sit next to me as if I was the one who needed comfort.

On April 5, she woke up slowly. She did not want to get out of bed. I tried to take her for a walk but she barely made it out the door. Her eyes were sad; our eyes were teary. In the morning as she sat next to me in the kitchen, I lost it and bawled like a baby. She licked my toes gently. She was in my arms as Binita drove us to the vet. She was at peace with the world. It was tough, but we said goodbye to her. I hope that Missy and Simi are together in a different dimension and time.

Happy times with Simi and Missy are cherished memories

It has been more than a week since she passed. There is an emptiness inside me that I don’t want to shake. Missy and Simi were my best friends. I have a piece of their heart inside me and then have a piece of mine. Rest In Peace.

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