Today’s a5K Story was submitted by Lissa Chambers
In August 2009, I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst that the doctors had been watching for years. Surgery was successful, and I was back to work within a week. On the day of my 2-week follow up appointment, my doctor called me at work and ask if I was bringing anyone with me to the appointment.
Let me skip all the details, the cyst was not a cyst at all, it had been ovarian cancer. Well, September 11, 2009 at the age of 42, I had a total radical hysterectomy, as well as had my cervix and appendix removed. The recovery was slower, but through the grace of God, I needed no follow up treatment. No radiation, no chemo, no more surgeries.
Today’s a5K Story was submitted by Rachel Langley.
In late September 2012, a couple months into a new found fitness addiction, I decided to try a Couch to 5K Running program. I had never run a day in my life, but decided that maybe it was time I give it a try. Not for myself, but in honor of those I had loved and lost.
My goal was to run 1 mile of the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Awareness 5K in October. I would participate in memory of my grandfather, Joe and my mother Paula, who I had lost in 2010 at age 60, to lung cancer. I had remembered, toward the end of her illness while resting in bed, she was moving her legs while sleeping. When she awoke, she shared that she dreamt she was running. And I thought, what a beautiful way to pay tribute to my mother’s memory. I would run. 1 mile. For her. Because I had never felt a desire to run for myself, ever.
“To treadmill, or not to treadmill, that is the question;Whether ‘tis Nobler in the minds to sufferThe burning sensation of dry, cold airOr to pre-set the Keurig to brew in 90 minutesAnd doth run from the comfort of home”
- Not Hamlet
We’re well into winter, and here in the Midwest (Indianapolis, to be exact) that means one thing: cold temperatures and inclement weather abounds. I’ve always struggled a bit with getting my lungs acclimated to winter’s bone-chilling temperatures. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than getting amped up for an outdoor run only to step outside, take a few deep breaths, and feel like Mother Nature just went all Lizzie Borden (Stab! Hack! Slash!) on your lungs. The cold air hurts, the dry air hurts, but I just want to run! So what’s a runner to do?
Today’s post was submitted by Donna Robinson, a cancer survivor and runner.
I am a 7 year cancer survivor. I had never run a race before my cancer treatment but saw a walker-friendly half marathon two years after chemo and wondered if my body was capable. So, I signed up, not telling anyone, and walked it.
I was so moved as I crossed the finish line that I burst into tears, and vowed to continue walking. For the past 4 years I’ve completed at least a 5K every month and two half marathons each year.
I am so grateful to be alive and healthy enough to walk and run. I walk to celebrate life!
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Today’s a5K Story was submitted by Wes Harding.
When the gun sounded to mark the start of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012, Team Hoyt runner, Wes Harding, from Sarnia, Ontario, completed a five-year journey that has been well worth the “weight.”