Newaygo North Country Trail – Minor Setback
By Bret Brummel
Distance: 0 miles
In section 9 of our adventure, I mentioned both Anna and I were to run the White Cloud Trail Trot 5k the day after our trail run. On the way to the race, Anna mentioned that she was not feeling well. I gave her the option of walking the course instead of running, knowing there was no chance that would happen. Her response was “If I’m here, I’m going to run.” She finished the race, but I ended up beating her by about 2 minutes. I was happy to have beaten her, but I was concerned because there’s no way that should happen.
During the week that followed, Anna’s condition worsened. She battled a week-long fever and spent her days sleeping on the couch after getting 10 hours of sleep each night. We took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with mononucleosis. That explained the fever and extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, we’ve been told it will be anywhere from 4-8 weeks before she’s able to run the distance necessary to continue our journey.
It looks like our goal of finishing the trail by the end of summer will not be acheived. Lord willing, we plan to pick up our quest again in September. Until then, I keep reminding Anna of the saying “A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.” Not sure why she gives me the eye roll when I say that. It’s probably the mono talking.