I am a runner. That's how I've always described myself whether I'm in shape or not. I ran cross country and track for Ft. Collins High School, Fort Lewis College and Kansas State University. I love to run. I haven't run since I was about 4 months pregnant with Maja. Obviously, I've had some medical conditions and surgeries to recover from which have prevented me from doing so.
Cancer and chemo make me want to detoxify my body; for the most part, I'm only hungry for healthy foods and juice. It also makes me really want to run again, probably because I can't. So, I'm going to take the running out of the race and do the things I can do. I walk every single morning, whether it's around the block or up to a mile. I strap Maja onto my chest and we are silent for the next half hour or so. It provides a time for me to be with nature, observe the rest of the world, and to think about life. It's a good time to meditate.
All of this is fine and good, but I realized that the runner in me is missing something: a race! Now, I know I can't compete in the Bolder Boulder right now, but I think there is another wonderful race where simply finishing is winning, and walking is just as good. The best race for me at this point is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I don't have Breast Cancer, but this would be a great chance for me to connect with other women with Cancer who are fighting for their lives. I will race for my Aunt Gail who survived Breast Cancer last year and continues to show her support for me. If anyone else would like to accompany me and my family, please join me! You need not be in the shape of your life to compete in this race, but I guarantee it will make you thankful for the health you do have.
The race is Sunday, August 12th at Union Station in Kansas City, MO.