As I mentioned in my last post, I am now slowly beginning my journey back into the crazy world of running! After many months of going through treatments for breast cancer, it will take some time to regain my energy and strength, but I am happy to say that I managed to get in three days of walking/jogging last week and each time I headed out the door- I felt stronger and more empowered!
One of my favorite hats is the one that I am wearing in the photo below, and I wore it last week for the first time in months.The reason I had not worn it in awhile was that I felt like a fraud somehow, wearing a hat that says's 26.2 on the front, when I hadn't been running, much less running marathon mileage! I absolutely love this hat, because after all-it's adorable! Also, one of my oldest and dearest friends Judy Ballew gave it to me! In addition to being such a good friend, she has been one of my biggest supporters in all of my crazy marathoning and fundraising adventures (I guess that makes her an enabler??!) So why did I suddenly decide to put this hat on for my walk/run? To remind myself that I AM a marathoner!
After my breast cancer diagnosis, I felt that surely I had run my last marathon, but now....I'm rethinking that! Maybe I have at least one more marathon in me??!! The idea of picking the perfect race to run, trying to figure out the financial aspects of running a marathon, putting together a training plan, getting in the long-painful training runs......Funny-just writing that excited me to no end!! LOL! I guess it's true what they say-
Seriously though, I do have my first race as a survivor planned! On October 7th, 2017 I will be doing the Paint Gwinnett Pink 5k with some of my family members and closest friends. I was looking for a goal race to do, whether walking or running and this one just sounded like it was meant to be! Since I live in the Gwinnett community and received my treatments through Gwinnett Medical Center, this event is very close to my heart.
Paint Gwinnett Pink was born out of the hearts of two passionate women, Bobbie Menneg, breast cancer survivor and Gwinnett Medical Center's (GMC) Women’s Support Group facilitator, and Jennifer Griffin, GMC's Oncology Community Outreach Navigator. Both women having worked closely with cancer patients, began to realize patients were not only battling breast cancer, but also many other worries associated with a cancer diagnosis. The two ladies agreed the Gwinnett community could help make a difference and Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Walk was born! The proceeds from Paint Gwinnett Pink provide the following:
- Providing access to mammagrams and surgical concultations.
- Patient access to comfort items needed during treatments.
Also, making this event so special for me will be running it as a team with some of my family members and closest friends. Our team name is Pam's Pink Posse.
Did I mention that the week of October 7th will be the one year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis?? What better way to celebrate kicking cancer's butt than doing a 5k with some wonderful people for such an important cause?!! Like I said, it's meant to be!
So, for now, I will concentrate (mostly) on this 5k, but soon I will be planning a 10k, a half marathon and then...........