Bouncing Back

As I’ve shared before, prior to the cancer diagnosis, I had started training for a half marathon.  After the all clear in July 2016, I was determined to get my body back in the shape it was in previously.  I had lost all core strength and all my stamina.  But that is what happens when you are in bed for the better part of 4 months.

Not even before my picc line was out, I had resumed yoga.  Although it was a drag to practice with the hinderance of a picc line, doing SOMETHING felt fabulous.  And luckily, I had the guidance of teachers that understood and cared.  After the picc line was out, I was able to go full throttle.  I, of course, expected to be at the same place quickly, but it took me longer.  After a few months, I started to get the same strength back.  Triumphs are triumphs, no matter how small.  Prior to getting sick, I was almost able to get my feet off the ground in Crow Pose, and I had started working on inversions.  The first time post treatment that I was able to get both feet off the ground in Crow Pose was so exciting that I fell out.  But that is ok, it gave me the signal that I was getting stronger.  I’m still struggling with inversions, but I’ll get there someday.

I also started running.  Running is not something that I necessarily care for, but it is good exercise.  I also had a goal in mind; completing a half marathon.  Now, of course, 4 months outside of a half marathon, having just completed cancer treatment, there is just not enough time to train for something like that.  With that being said, I was still committed to supporting my squad in their race.  After discussing the trip, my friend said that I could still do the 5K if I wanted to.  And they were right.  3.1 miles is certainly different than 13.1.  And thus, I set out to train for a 5K in November.

November came, and soon, it was race day.  I had never done an official race before.  It was exciting and I was nervous.  But, the race started and off I was.  I completed the race in 43 minutes.  Upon immediate completion, I decided this was terrible and was never doing it again.  By the time we got to the taxi stand, I was saying that I wanted to do another one.  Unfortunately, this is what running does to you.  It makes you want more.  I am a self proclaimed hater of running, but I love doing races.  It is also a massive accomplishment.  It may not be to someone who is top physical condition, but for someone who was semi-fresh out of cancer treatment, it was everything.  My body was coming back to me.  I started to own it again.

Since November, I’ve completed 7 races.  Within that 7, I’ve completed a Spartan Sprint and most recently, the iconic Bay to Breakers in SF.  I cherish every medal and I will always cherish the medals from the first year I started doing races.  This is an important year and I have something to prove, not to everyone else, but to the cancer.  That it doesn’t own me, and never will.

Fitness has become a staple in my every day.  I think to feel your body getting stronger is psychologically healing as well.  As I approach the year anniversary of me not having cancer anymore, I still can’t believe that its only been a year.  My life has been full and awesome and full of sweat.  I am eternally grateful that I have a body healthy enough to run 6 miles.  And in November of 2017, I will be running 13.1 in Las Vegas with my beautiful squad.

Here are some of my medals. =)

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2 comments

  1. Fittyduck · May 29

    Way to go, you are an inspiration!!!

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