Saturday was the Park to Park Half Marathon here in the Cedar Valley, and good news...we finished! I didn't have any doubts, but apparently my mom was quite worried. She did a great job! Got all the way to mile 10 before anything started hurting, which I have to say is amazing for a woman who had never walked more than 5 miles at a time. I was extremely proud, and glad she got to earn her first-ever endurance-event medal. Maybe she'll get the urge to earn another one someday!
She was no worse for the wear, but I got the most brutal blister of my life! It is on my right foot's pinky toe, and it literally takes up the entire bottom and inside of the toe. It is massive. I find myself staring at it in amazement. After several layers of New Skin (an amazing product!), I can no longer feel it. I'm sure it will quickly turn into a handsome callous!
My workouts are going well - walking a lot, obviously, and getting in some strength workouts. Today I wrote out my complete marathon training plan, since we only have about 18 weeks left. I plan to build up to a 22-mile walk, and I'll try to jog when I can. I may need to switch to motion-control shoes - even though I have orthodics for my soles, my heel is probably moving too much in my stability shoe. The weather has been a bit cool and rainy lately, and I prefer working out when it's hotter (I'm strange like that!), so I'll just have to deal with that. Compared to the stress of dealing with cancer, these sorts of concerns seem ridiculous. That's why I'm so impressed by the Medals for Mettle program (http://www.medals4mettle.org/), which gives people's earned race medals to those battling serious illness and injury. It helps put it in perspective that the people who benefit from cancer research are in the really tough race.
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