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Jan 7, 2019 11:31AM
My sisters in more ways than one! I started running at 51 in 2015 and did my first marathon in 2016. In 2017, I ran Chicago Marathon. I had a lot of aches and pains during training, but I attributed it to high mileage, speed work and hill work. It was an awful race that I almost didn’t finish, but I had traveled from CA and spent a lot of money, and damn it, I was going to get that medal, 😂.
Three weeks later, my lower back began to ache and the following morning I couldn’t stand up. An MRI a week later revealed a disc herniation at l5-s1, with motor control lost to my calf. I couldn’t tip toe nor do a calf raise. Needless to say, my running was over for a bit.
I had a discectomy in January 18 and began physical therapy in February 18 and therapist was fantastic in working with me to get me running again. Memorial Day weekend i did my first walk run, set a goal to do a tri sprint and 1/2 marathon in February this year. My avatar is the finish of my first 10k back in September. Then, October 18, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had gotten up to 8 miles, which I ran right before my first chemo 11/18. I haven’t run since for fear of herniating my disc again. I’m so sad, it was my sanity. :(
I’m going to follow along and update when i start training again, hopefully the same time frame as last year - Memorial Day. I should be done with most or at the tail end of my treatment.
I’ll be living vicariously through you all and my run club friends for the next few months. Sorry for the long winded tale, but as you’re all runners, I thought you’d understand.
Good luck & happy training!
10/19/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
11/26/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
11/27/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
11/27/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)