I’ve had a wonderfully busy week getting back into the groove of teaching my fitness classes plus getting all of my runs in. I took off a week from class thanks to my kidney stone and UTI. The stone is still not going anywhere and I’m feeling much better! Here is how my week went…
Monday: Running rest day since I ran 8 miles Saturday, I took an extra day off from running. I spent my morning planning my workout for class and watching the Boston Marathon! 💛💙 I had a basic full body workout planned for class and had 8 ladies show up ready to work! We mixed cardio with full body strength training, push-ups, lunges, squats, planks, and wall-sits. It felt great to be back at work! It’s not really “work” when you love your job!
Tuesday: 4 mile foggy morning run. It was super humid, but I was happy with my pace. For class we did cardio for the first 15 minutes and worked out our glutes for the next 15 with Donkey Kicks, side leg extensions, sumo squats, and curtsy lunges.
Wednesday: I like to run 5 miles for my midweek run since I don’t teach classes Wednesday afternoons. It was warm, but I had another great run! Just trying to give y’all an idea of how hilly my route around the neighborhood is. Whew! Shot of the gorgeous sun since it had been foggy earlier in the week!
Thursday: I am employed through our local hospital and had to miss out on the Hippity Hop for your Heart 5k two weeks ago thanks to my UTI. My husband’s restaurant sponsored the race so we had free race entries and got our tshirts and bags from the race. All of the money from the race went to our friend and his family who had been having heart problems. I walked the 5k later in the morning and felt like I earned my shirt.
Friday: I was asked to speak this year at the Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Dinner. I had been working on my speech all week and was very honored and nervous! I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer 3 years ago and thankfully after having surgery to remove inside the margins from where it was located, it had not spread. I’ve had 3 more surgeries since; 2 were Basal Cell Skin Cancers (one on my forehead and one on my right leg) and one abnormal mole punch biopsy which required stitches. My mother is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1994 and has been cancer free for over 20 years! Me and Mom.My 10 year old daughter, Addy.
The dinner was from 5-7:30 and my daughter was excited it was Disney themed. This was the highlight of my week. Being in the same room with so many cancer survivors and some who were still fighting cancer was simply amazing. I’m a survivor! Disney themed dinner!
We ate and they had drawings for door prizes. I spoke at the end of the dinner. I choked up telling my story or melanoma diagnosis. It has been 3 years of surgeries, biopsies, and many doctor appointments. Me speaking at the Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Dinner! It was such an honor to speak and share my story to a room full of cancer survivors.
I’m thankful to say I was released from my surgical oncologist in February for good. I don’t have to come back to see him and I have been released back to yearly appointments with my dermatologist. Me, Addy, and Mom.
My main message for everyone at the dinner was to encourage them that God would use their journey with cancer for good and to help other people in the future. I enjoyed listening to other people share their stories with me when the dinner was over. What a wonderful evening it was. I will never forget it!
Overall, I had a great week with 22.1 miles logged, 3 days back with my fitness class, and attending and speaking at the Cancer Survivor Dinner. The only stressful part was my son deciding to give himself a hair cut at school. He now has a nice shaved head. I won’t have to worry about him cutting his hair again 🙈Cayne the barber: my darling 6 year old 😂