Radiation and Turkey Trot
Written Nov 25, 2011 7:33pm
I started radiation on Monday, and I have had three treatments so far. Radiation is Monday through Friday for about 7 weeks, but this week I did not get treated on Thursday or Friday because of Thanksgiving. So far radiation is no big deal. For some reason I was a little nervous about it, but it only takes about 15 minutes once I get all set up on the machine, and of course I don’t feel anything. It is just like getting an X-ray.
Yesterday I entered a 5K. That is 3.1 miles for those of you who aren’t runners. I got so happy when I went the night before to pick up my packet and race number. My sister-in-law and her friend did the race too.
I am slow right now due to treatment, but based on my treadmill running I thought I would be doing well to be under 29 minutes. Mostly I wanted to run the whole thing and not walk any of it. When the race started I just felt so happy to be in a race again! I let the crowd of people carry me along, but I didn’t want to go too fast because I didn’t want to have to walk. I didn’t see the one mile mark, but I did see the two mile mark, and my time was 16:19. I was so surprised that I was running 8:10 mile pace.
During the third mile I was trying to catch a little boy who was beating me, but he started pulling away and I had to give up on him! I was really tired with about half a mile to go, and had to slow down a little bit, but I got the the 3 mile mark at 23:58. I couldn’t believe I was keeping an 8 minute mile pace! Nothing to brag about normally, but I have not been able to run even 9 minute miles on my treadmill for the whole time, so I was very happy with it. I finished in 24:44. Much better than I expected. I really needed that!! It made me feel so good to feel strong, and to feel like a runner again!! I am excited to get done with ALL of my treatment and to get a clean bill of health and get ready to actually compete in some races.
My PET scan is Tuesday. I will start my hormone therapy then too. I will write again after my PET scan results.