It's Been a Week of Firsts

It has been a little more than a week since my last blog post. True to form, life has gotten in the way of my writing. Things at home have been hectic: there was Memorial Day weekend and a very brief visit from my son and his fiance on both ends of the weekend; I completed my first post-chemotherapy 5K the Monday of Memorial Day weekend (more on that in a bit); final exams for the seniors at my school; final exams for my daughter's junior year; graduation at the school I work at; a yard work day at my home sponsored by my dear friends; and a cancer survivor's day at Morton Arboretum. This week looks to be just as busy, with final exams for the rest of my students, an institute day and a school field trip to Great America at the end of the week.

My summer school class was cancelled due to low enrollment, but that is ok, because it looks like I will be busy doing work related to the NSF project I am a part of at school, as well as pulling together information related to the (newly added) technology facilitator portion of my job. It appears that my only days "off" will be the days I am headed to professional development either in Virginia, California or Chicago, or the five days I am taking as vacation while I am in California. I am also scheduled for surgery to remove my IV and IP ports a week from tomorrow. I am hoping the surgery is uneventful and recovery will be quick, since I have a meeting on Wednesday!

A friend of mine and I signed up for the "Run for Sam Adams 5K" on Memorial Day. The information about the race said there would be beer at the end of the race. I was familiar with where the race was going to be held, a local forest preserve, which meant it was a relatively flat, shaded course. I decided to make it my 1st post chemotherapy race. It was a fun run, which means it wasn't going to be officially timed. That definitely took the pressure off. I figured if I could walk the entire way, I would be well enough to begin my Couch to 5K training after the surgery to remove my ports.

So how did it go? I was able to walk the entire way! I finished the 3.1 miles in 54:52 which is a 17:46 per mile pace. Definitely not my running pace, but I was able to stay active for almost an hour! I had a sign on my back that said "1st post-chemotherapy 5K" and many of the race participants congratulated me. One woman even gave me a hug at the post race party. The final verdict? I am definitely well enough to get back to running! I can hardly wait to start running again!

The weather has been so nice this week that I have been able to get out in the morning and walk before getting ready for work. I have walked the 1.6 mile loop around my neighborhood each morning for the last 3 mornings. On this morning's walk, my pace was 17:05/mile.  Before my diagnosis my daily goal was 10,000. After my surgery, I reset my goal to 5000 a day. Today I increased it to 6000, and I may even go higher.