The Almost Marathon

by | Aug 9, 2021

The hardest thing with cancer is all the waiting that goes into putting “the plan” together.  As a person who likes to have control, this is tough.  For me, I decided to take control of the things I could.  Things I have been able to control:  making a spreadsheet of my out of pocket medical expenses so I can be prepared for tax time, Creating a “medical binder” with tabs for test results, visit notes, paid medical bills, unpaid medical bills and anything miscellaneous, reading positive and uplifting books, reaching out to friends more and walking 3 – 4 miles everyday.

I love our walks and am glad when I can encourage others to join me.  Health and fitness have always been a part of my life and I am not going to let cancer take that away from me.  I also like to know the stats of the activity I am doing so I make sure to start my Garmin with every activity.  It is funny to me that there was a day when I wouldn’t record a walk on Garmin.  For those who don’t know, technology is crazy these days.  I have my  Garmin set up to send me data to Strava and in StravaLand everyone can see what you are you doing.  When I was training, a walk would not be something to be proud of even if it was buried between a long ride, open water swim and run.

Today, I am proud of my walks.  Everyday I get out to walk means cancer has not won and I am preparing my body to make sure it won’t win.  I have lost over 20 pounds, my blood sugar has decreased and my mind is refreshed every day.  Walks have certainly taken on another meaning.  I have no doubt I will get back to my usual training, it just might take some time.  One of my goals is to finish the Pittsburgh Marathon.  I have never run a marathon before and want to do my first one where I grew up, in the City of Champions!  Keeping that in mind, I mentioned to Eric after our walk this morning that we have walked 26.1 miles over the last seven days.  Almost a marathon……..guess that is telling me I still have some work to do.


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