Posts Tagged ‘Lymphoma’

No Stilettos but Lots of RICE

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Training Update: Sat. September 20, 2008:

This weekend, due to an injury, I trained with the Marathon Walk Team. I guess, “I’m not as young as I use to be”, as one person said it. I have been sentenced to not run for at least 1-1/2 weeks. I must say, although the people on the walk team were friendly and inviting, the training itself lacked luster for me. I was broken hearted when I saw the run team zooming by; but if I am to run again another day, in the meantime, I must RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. As for next weekend I will be tapping the pavement with the walkers once more. During the week I will maintain my cardio fitness level by cycling or swimming. After speaking with one of my coaches, I feel confident that I will be able to fall back in line with my teammates with a little extra effort.

Almost Driven to Tears

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Over the weekend we pushed the training limits to 38 minutes. The hardest part for me, so far, has been the bridge, surprisingly not running up the bridge or certainly not down the bridge; but where it levels off on the top. It feels almost too flat after the incline. I must confess I came really close to breaking down in tears, at one point, on the way back in. I had to shake myself and say to myself, “You HAVE to keep running. You CAN’T be a wuss and quit, or furthermore go out crying.” I was really proud of myself that I was able to hang in there and even had a strong finish. I did have a slight incident with my left knee that seemed to be rectified by applying an ice pack and wearing a knee band for a couple hours.

There was also a nutrition workshop over the weekend that I felt was very necessary. We were re-introduced to certain foods and what they can do to further prepare us by supplementing what we exert throughout the course of our training and will exert on race day. We were also educated on various signals the body may give, what they mean, and how to regain balance. In my opinion, one of the most important points we learned was the importance of proper hydration. We always hear about dehydration. Drink lots of water and sports drinks to prevent dehydrated; but we almost never hear about over hydration; i.e. taking in too much fluid. It was an enlightening topic for me.

Listen guys, I am even more driven now than when I first took on this venture. I shared with my younger sister my experience with the training and how accomplished I feel afterwards. She has been so encouraging to me throughout the entire process. She said, “Belinda, the body is a machine and you have to work it.”

I’m determined to run my heart out for this great cause. Please remember to give if you have not done so already and if you have, encourage your friends to give to help bring hope to patients and families of patients fighting blood cancers. It’s the least we can do. Again, thank you for your generosity and moral support.

A Wet Run

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

This weekend’s training was one that I will not forget. Well, if you are in the Palm Beach area, you probably know that we had a couple thunderstorms over the weekend. If you don’t know, then I envy you because that means you were fast asleep. I got up pretty early, got in my car and started heading to the training. “I’ll just show my face”, or so I thought. There were lightning, thunder, not to mention the heavy down pour of rain. I got the spot where we run and saw that quite a few people showed up too and all the coaches, off course. One of coaches informed us, “the storm was heading north and as soon as it clears up we would start the run.” “Thank you all for showing up on this Labor Day weekend!”

After about 30 minutes it seemed to have cleared up so we began running. It wasn’t more than 3 minutes into the run when the loudest thunder broke through the sky. We all ran back to the start and found shelter against a building. “It would be cancelled for sure”, I thought. Inwardly I applauded. We laid low for about 5 minutes and were directed to reset our watches. We began running again and then came the rain. It was like the rain knew. Can you believe this time they didn’t say head for cover? We ran through the rain and, to make matters more difficult, a bridge was included in the training. I am so thankful for my teammates because if I was alone I am sure I would not have trained that day. I kept asking under my breath, “are we really doing this?” We were all drenched.

By the end of the run, the rain turned out to be a blessing. Although my sneakers were wet and my toes felt like they were drowning in water, I was not as hot and exhausted as last time. Yes… it felt gross; but I was still grateful.

Hello world!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I am raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a participant in their Team In Training program and I’m asking you to help by making a donation to my fund raising campaign.

Please use the link in this blog to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

Racing to Save Lives

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

I will be running on behalf of a true hero – Tina. Tina is a 24 year old young woman in Stuart, FL diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Before being diagnosed, Tina was very active. She was a member of several swim teams and loved modeling and doing photo shoots. Tina was very afraid when she was diagnosed and was especially concerned about loosing her hair; but she didn’t want people to cry or feel sorry for her.

Good news: Tina’s hair is back and she recently graduated from Palm Beach Community College with her AA degree. Tina continues to work at St. Mary’s hospital and shares her experiences with newly diagnosed patients on the pediatric oncology floor. She was accepted into the Radiology Program at West Boca Medical Center and begins treatment on October 8th, 2008.

I would really appreciate your support to help Tina and others like her. Please send your contribution by September 8th, 2008. On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thank you very much for your support. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thanks again.

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.