Big Stuff

I haven’t forgotten about you all. I have BIG news that I can’t share just yet, but I am bursting at the seams to do so. Life has been more than chaotic lately but in a few weeks I hope to fill you all in.

On another front, I haven’t been running, and my weight hasn’t been dropping. In fact, I gained a few pounds (gasp). I pretty much hate myself for it, but I know where I can improve and Im making efforts to change it.

The first is starting to run again. I ran/walked a 5k with coworkers last weekend, and I registered for the Princess Half again in 2015 to keep me motivated! I’ve committed to one race a month for the remainder of the year. Next month? A costume run is in the works!

More soon, I hope!!! Eeeeek

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Quick Update

I am alive. I started a new career shortly after the half marathon, and I have had a hard time balancing life since then.

My spleen is re-enlarged and I am struggling with the classic lymphoma symptoms again. I was hospitalized the week before last with neutropenia and I am still struggling every time I try to eat.

The cancer center is currently telling me there is not much they can do to help me until the lymphoma decides to take over. I am tired, defeated, and frustrated.

I will try to be better about my updates, because there is so much good in my life that I hate to focus on the crap parts.

I hit one year post op this week, and I am nowhere near goal but I am almost down 100 pounds and that is still a huge accomplishment. My next goal is to get under 200 pounds and to run again. My foot is still fractured so for now I am just walking/swimming.

Just my luck

It is just my luck that three weeks before the half marathon, I have a stress fracture in my foot. I went to see Dr. Wonderful yesterday because I have been experiencing pain in my left foot and my right hip. I was trying to wait it out until the race was over because I was pretty sure my foot was broken. Sure enough, I have a fracture of the 5th metatarsal in my left foot. The extent of the fracture I will not know until tomorrow, but for now I am sentenced to the walking boot.

Dr. Wonderful knows that I will be running the half marathon and she is going to work with me to try and figure out solutions to get me from here through the race, and then she told me to prepare for a cast.

I am registered for the Best Damn Race 10k this Saturday, so I am hoping I will be up to running it as a training run since she has advised me to heal as much as I can before the race.

As if I wasn’t worried enough before all of this that I would finish this race. Now I am really worried, but I am also determined. Stubborn, and determined.

27 days until Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

Image27 days left until the Princess Marathon weekend kicks off! I am SO excited for this race. Am I as prepared physically as I need to be? Nope, not yet. Will I be? I hope so! I am going to try hard to hit 8 miles this weekend so that I can do 10 next weekend and then 11 or 12 the following weekend.

Tentative Half Marathon Weekend Itinerary:

  • Thursday Feb 20 – Arrive at WDW and check in to hotel. Attend Expo and pick up packets and shop!
  • Friday Feb 21 – Kids Race and Brunch at Chef Mickeys.
  • Saturday Feb 22 – Rest and prep day! Get to bed EARLY!
  • Sunday Feb 23 – Half Marathon day! Dinner at Le Cellier to celebrate our accomplishment!
  • Monday and Tuesday Feb 24, 25th are going to be spent pampering ourselves and celebrating our way through the parks.

Last weekend I got a 5 mile run in and it was a struggle. It was cold out. In the 40’s in Florida. I am making progress with my time, and still staying true to my 14 to 14.5 min per mile pacing strategy.

I still haven’t figured out how we are going to afford this crazy vacation, but I am determined to make it happen and make it one of the best vacations we have ever had. I know it will be a life changing trip for me. I will be accomplishing something that I have wanted to do for a long time. A dream come true for me, and a symbolic representation of the new life I am living.