Fleet Feet: What are your goals?
Paul Erickson: Most of my personal fitness goals are not of the finish-on-the-podium type. Mine are more about fitness and fun. I want to be fit and healthy as I go into my later years so I can continue to enjoy life and do the things I want to do. Being mobile, healthy and strong are key to me in that respect. Debbie has MS, and we don't know if, when or how it will impact her tomorrow or in 20 to 30 years. So, I want to be able to care for her if that time ever comes.
Fortunately, we both enjoy working out and we often do it together. Through running, hiking, cycling, and just being active, she is my best friend and my best workout buddy.
FF: What obstacles have you faced so far? Debbie Erickson: Fatigue is one of the major complaints of people living with MS, as well as sensitivity to heat. Sometimes I have to push through the symptoms. Other days, MS will win the battle. Some days I have severe muscle cramping to the point of complete seizure of the leg muscles. I’m pretty darned stubborn, but have grown to realize that some days I can’t compete at 110 percent and maybe, in order to finish, I have to dial it back.