This is a rather long post, so if you dont want to read the whole thing, click here to learn about the Virtual.
My very best friend was diagnosed with Leukemia on September11, 2009
She had been tired all summer long. Her legs were retaining water. She had blisters in her mouth. The doctor told her she was stressed out and to go home and rest. She was told this by TWO doctors. One in July and one in August. Neither of them did any lab work.
The first week of September they went on an Alaskan Cruise. She was exhausted. She spent most of the time sitting or sleeping.
On September 9th her legs were huge, she couldn't put on her shoes. Her husband told her that if she didnt go to the doctor he was taking her to the ER when he came home from work.
At 930PM that night I got a text. 'Deb I'm in the ER at Ruby and I'm being admitted to the 9West". My heart feel to the floor. My husband was on 9 West when he was treated for Melanoma, so I knew she had cancer. It would take two more days to get the official diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia.
Chemo started 2 days later. Her bone marrow was 98% cancer. Along with treatment came nausea, ulcers, fatigue, anger, hair loss.
On September 27th I shaved her head. I was honored, told her she was beautiful and held her as she cried. A dear friend had sent her some wonderful hats, and she preferred those to a wig.
After many chemo treatments and painful bone biopsies she was officially at 0% cancer. Her family was all tested for matches for bone marrow. THREE of her brothers and her only sister were 100% matches. FOUR!!!! matches. so rare!! ON December 22, 2009 she had a bone marrow transplant.
Today she is still recovering. She has had several setbacks that are Graft Versus Host disease. BUT, she is fighting and she is winning.
OK all that to tell you about the Goofy Virtual Run/walk. Read. Write. Run. Mom. is hosting a virtual in January. Why so far away? Well, its a Goofy Challenge, and it mirrors (half the distance) the Goofy Challenge that is run in Florida. On consecutive days you do a 10K and a half marathon. She will provide a 16 week training schedule for you.
The cost is 10. This is a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will go towards her goal of raising $4500. The donation goes to Canada so that means if youre in the US you will pay a few cents more (conversion)
After you complete the run/walk and have submitted your proof you will receive a medal hand made by Cori.
Today's gratitude: Walking 2.5 miles with my best friend.
This weeks long run called for 8 miles (or thot it was 8 miles)
Started out HOT and HUMID!!My husband wanted to go to the gym on Saturday morning. So, I decided to tag along and go to the trail. I LOVE running on this trail!!
I haven't been on this section since I was in the running class back in April.
I dont like this tunnel. It has some lights, but they are pretty dim!! Its not the tunnel I don't like, its the possibility of snakes!!!
Can you imagine this view in a few weeks when the leaves turn? Ill have to come back!!
Found this old rusty bike propped up on a post. Wonder what stories it could tell?
I was doing an out and back. (or rather an uphill and back down hill). My goal was to be at 4 miles in under an hour. I made it!! I did intervals. Jog 1/4 mile, walk 1/4 mile etc.
I refueled, (and drank all my water) I HAVE to get a fuel belt!! My hand held does not last me on these longer runs!!
So thankful for WATER and almonds were waiting for me when I made it back.
I was so excited to see my 4 miles back were much faster.
I will be going back to the trial to train for hills. I hear the Hershey Half Marathon will be hilly, and I want to be prepared!!
After my run, we had grilled chicken from the Lions Club! YUM!!!! (I did NOT eat the skin!!)
Laura from Mommy Run Fast hosted a 5 mile or 10 mile virtual walk/run.
I did both the 5 miles and the 10 mile.
On Thursday, my son had a softball game in town, so I finally had a chance for some new scenery. I strapped on my Garmin and set out. It promptly DIED!!!
I started out on a VERY windy curvy road!! I had to hop to the 'wrong side' many times! I was glad to see a turn off around this corner! I found some very old buildings. When I was in our Church Youth Group, we were on a hay ride and got caught in a torrential down pour. I remember pulling underneath this old grain bin.
I did the 10 mile yesterday, Labor Day. IT WAS HUMID!!! Oh did I feel horrible!! At mile one I was drenched!! I decided to forgo my 'run all 10 miles' and do intervals!! This was the first time I did this route and by mile two I was exhausted. What the heck!!! My legs hurt, it was hard to breathe.
I live in the middle of nowhere, so my runs are always in the country. Mile 3 brought me here, Up the hill? or down the hill? I had already mapped out 10 miles going up the hill. So I trudged on up the hill.
Amish work horses even had Labor day off.
Further down the road I saw two table fulls of Amish ladies canning/freezing corn. I wanted to snap a picture, but I know they dont like that, so to keep the peace, I kept going.
I finally made it to mile 5 and was so excited to get my hand held refilled. (I have a credit account here so that I dont have to carry change with me when I run) I literally cried when I read this sign.
One of the families from our church live down the road, so I crawled my way to their house, and BEGGED for some water. I downed 10 oz of water and they graciously filled me up. I ate one of my Peanut Butter Gus, and was on my way.
The run back home went a lot easier. When I put my information in Garmin.com I realized that my first 5 miles were ALL UP HILL!!!
When I finally made it home I had three more glasses of water and a delicious strawberry, banana, peanut butter smoothie. I showered, put on compression wear, and took a nap!! Woke up for supper, and was in bed by 9:00. I dont remember the last time I was so exhausted!
Week 13 is now over. Starting 181.6 Ending 190.0 Up 8.4 for challenge Maintained for the week. Week 13 was low carb. I did great on that one. The no eating out, I had lunch with my friend on Tuesday. BUT, I had a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, NO BUN!!! Thankyou to Rochelle for hosting this challenge. She put a lot of work and thot into each of the challenges!! Thanks to each of the Challengers for stopping by and saying hi. Keep plugging away!!!
Lately I've been feeling inadequate, like I don't belong at the gym, or the track? I stumbled across this blog tonight. Have a box of tissues handy!!
Hey, Fat Girl
Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.
You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you. The rest of the post...............