What a Great Weekend!

Was not quite sure how the Memorial weekend was going to turn out. Daniel and I both had important doctor appointments on Friday. Depending on the results was going to determine how the weekend was going to go.

I had the first doctor appointment for the day. Early Friday morning, I went to see my cardiologist – Dr. Johnston. A year ago, I had heart surgery to close a PFO, hole in my heart that had been present since birth. This was my annual visit and I was Nervous yet Excited! Nervous – of the unknown. Excited – because I feel AWESOME! Since the surgery, I have started running and doing crossfit and am in the best shape I have been in years. I couldn’t wait for Dr Johnston to see how healthy I was.

Once Dr. Johnston checked me out – blood preasure, EKG, etc, – he said the words I have been waiting to hear. ” You look great. You are completely fixed. Stop taking the aspirin.  Go Home. I don’t want to see you again. Go be a marathoner! ”  I was THRILLED! ……..Of course, we chatted about running, cycling, and crossfit before I left the office. Dr. Johnston is an amazing doctor and I am forever thankful that the good Lord sent me to him. If it weren’t for him, I may never have had the surgery.

Thank You Dr. Johnston!!

Daniel’s appointment with his Oncologist – Dr. Nadler – was next. We found out that Daniel had cancer in January of 2009. He had surgery to remove the cancer and finished up with chemo in November of that year. He has been cancer free for 3 years now! The magic number to get to is 5 years. They say that if the cancer is going to come back, it is most likely to come back within the first 5 years. So, for 5 years, Daniel is to get scanned and see Dr. Nadler every 3-4 months.Only two more years to go.

I am EXTREMELY nervous every visit Daniel goes to. His quarterly visit always ends up being a day’s worth of appointments – scans, bloodwork, and ends with Dr. Nadler’s appointment where he receives all the results for the day. Thankfully, this visit was no different than the others….. Daniel was once again CANCER FREE!

Dr. Nadler is absolutely TERRIFIC!  Daniel and I met with two other Oncologists before we found him. I was terrified and did not know how we were going to trust any doctor. Then, we met Dr. Nadler. He took all my worries away and I had no doubt in my mind that he was the oncologist for Daniel. Thankfully – Daniel felt the same way. lol.  Cancer is a family disease, the entire family goes thru it. WE both trust Dr. Nadler with Daniel’s life and WE know that Daniel is gettig the best care possible.

Thank You Dr. Nadler!

What a day! That night we celebrated with the kids – watched Hannah play tball, then had burgers and ice cream to end the night. Am so glad that the kids were too young to understand what was going on these last few years…….. One day we will tell them all about it.

It’s a good thing Friday went so well because I had two races to run the next few days. Saturday, I ran the Polka Fest 10K and Monday was the Patriot Half marathon. I had never ran so many miles so close together so this was going to be a challenge! Knowing that this past weekend was going to be HOT, I decided that I would run the 10K hard and just try to finish and survive the Half.

Things did not go as expected. At the 10K, I started out running WAY too fast and thought I was going to die at mile 3. I was only half way done. My pace started out at 8:30 per mile and ended at 11/12 per mile. I even walked part of the race and it was only 6 miles long…… I was dehydrated and felt like I was going to pass out when I crossed the finish line. I did however manage to finish under 1 hour – my goal!

I had only one day to rest until the Patriot Half Marathon. I rested all day Sunday and drank lots and lots and lots of water. I was sooooo worried about running in the heat and getting dehydrated…. especially since I was running 13.1 miles. So on Monday, I started the race slower, ran according to how I felt and not according to my watch and actually ended up getting a new PR!!! Knocked 5 minutes off of my time – 2 hrs 12 min 42 seconds!  One of these days I will get a sub 2!

I had a blast at both races even if it was HOT! Love running with my WRC family!

I still have no idea how I am going to run a marathon in November. Right now I can’t imagine running more than 13.1 miles. But, I love a challenge. If Daniel can handle chemo for 6 LONG months and I survived heart surgery, I know I can do it! Only a few more months till I start training!