Pre-Cancer Free, New Job, Anniversary, and a GOOD Run!

Ahh! I have not abandoned my post! A lot has happened in the last 3 days and I am here to spill the beans! It is going to be a long one, folks!

Let's start with the worst of my week first!

On Wednesday, I did a 5 mile run in the neighborhood, while Peter enjoyed his new bike. It was hotter than what it had been and there was a tinge of humidity in the air. But like the determined creature I am, I trucked through one of my most miserable runs since hopping back on the horse.

Once again, I found myself struggling to breathe properly and I felt weak for 90% of the run. This lead to a lot of self doubt. I wondered if it was even a good idea that I signed up for next Friday's 5K so soon after surgery. I, at least, finished the run without giving up. Though, I decided I needed the next couple of days off from exercise just to get my head back on straight.

On Thursday, my day went way better than anticipated. I had my post-op appointment and I was told that the tissues removed were pre-cancerous and if I waited any longer, it would have surely turned into cancer. They believed the specimen removed was the only area affected. Now, I just have to visit every 3 months for the next year to verify that the surrounding region remains clear of pre-cancerous cells. Woo!

On the same day, I was also informed that I was hired for a new position within my company! I interviewed for a new job a few weeks back and I was sure I blew it on the spot. I did not expect to hear that I was one of the 5 to make it to second round interviews! I prepared to the best of my ability and ended up being one of the 3 selected for the new position. NINETY employees applied! I am very proud of myself and I look forward to starting my new job on August 19th!

After work, Peter and I were not only going out to celebrate all of my good news, but it was also our 3 year anniversary! I could not be any happier with any other man than the one I currently have. Peter has really been the missing puzzle piece to my life and I am thankful for him every day!

Anyway, we went out to eat because nothing says "I love you" quite like ordering more sushi than you can eat...

This was less than half of the meal!

Now, fast forward to today!

I was very panicked to go on my run. I wanted to do a "long run", but it was in no way going to be the norm. Since I struggled so much with 5 on Wednesday, I thought running 7 miles was the best I could do on a Saturday. I told myself that it would be okay if I turned around early or had to stop halfway to recover. I thought if I allowed myself that, I would not be disappointed in myself if I had to resort to one of those options.

It didn't help my spirits that it was raining...BUT, I was determined to hit the trail and I think the rain ended up working in my favor. It kept the heat at bay and my body temperature low. My heart rate remained in the 170s, maxing at 175 bpm, and my breathing was so much better than what I experienced last week! It felt like my lungs expanded just enough to get the oxygen I needed. It was a relief!

When I made it to the second half of the run, I felt very refreshed and didn't feel it necessarily to stop and rest! I made it the entire 7 miles!

This was the first run I did where I felt next to normal! My pace is still a tad slower than where I would like it, but I cannot complain one bit! I think I may try to a longer distance tomorrow, just nothing over 10 miles.

I came home to do my stretches and also threw in an ab workout for the first time in over 2 weeks.

They were getting a bit squishy!

All in all, I am so happy I am closing in on where I was in running. I also am thankful that I have rid myself of the poison that was in my body (pre-cancer cells). Then, there is the fruits of my labor at work beginning to show through with this wonderful promotion! And last but not least, having the best boyfriend in the world!

Life is good. :)

When was your last "bad" run? Why was it bad? Did it make you doubt yourself?

Have you received any good news this week? Do share!

Do you like sushi? What is your favorite kind of sushi roll?

Do you do any ab workouts?


  1. Yay! To health and to feeling like yourself! You go, girl :) What color Wave Rider 16s did you buy???

    1. I got black ones, but they have neon colors like pink and green in them. Love them! So comfy.


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