Thursday during treatment I was whining and complaining about missing the race. One of the nurses encouraged me to go ahead and participate. She explained that my white count would still be good this weekend and if I felt up to it I should just go and run. She planted a seed. Why was I letting cancer call all the shots? I am the one living this life. What made me think I couldn't run the race if I couldn't run my best? I like to run and I know I'm never going to be the fastest. Sure I like to challenge myself but really it is just about the run.
The side effects from Chemo improved on Friday, possibly due to the shot of Neulasta to help stimulate the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells. I actually felt well enough to attend Shelby's first marching band football season performance. So the race was on.
|My shirt for the race|
As I ran, I remembered learning that cancer doesn't like oxygen. So with each deep breath I envisioned the oxygen taking the powerful R-Chop Zombies to all the little spots where the Ninja cancers were hiding. Cancers cells were being destroyed with each breath.
At about the halfway point, we were doing quite well, all things considered. Running at about a 11.5 minute mile pace, when Laura hit the wall. She wasn't happy about holding me back but I tried to tell her it wouldn't hurt me a bit to just hang back and enjoy the run. Finally, she convinced me to just keep my pace and run. Well, that didn't last long. Maybe a mile more and my IT band decided to remind me that it likes a brace sometimes for a long run. I had worn one last year for my long runs but hadn't made it past 9 miles in my training runs so honestly I never thought about it. So I found a good spot off course to stretch and along comes Laura. She is looking better and I'm running a little like a Zombie, you know how they always seem to have one limp leg they drag behind them.
So we walked more than we ran those last 3 miles but we enjoyed every minute of it. At the back of the pack, the people talk and laugh and encourage each other. Not to mention, you can be passed by a woman dressed like wonder woman and man as Mr. Incredible, that definitely put a smile on my face. The best part after 2:24:39, we crossed the finish line.
|The Crim Bricks Finish Line!|