Tomorrow's Race for the Cure will be my 7th race as a breast cancer survivor. I can still remember my first Race in 2005. As you can see, my hair was just starting to come in. I had returned to work full time and had started to go to work without a scarf about a couple of weeks before. The race was on June 4th and I had finished my chemo treatments at the end of February and finished my radiation in mid April. I still had my portacath, which is installed under your skin and was used to make infusions easier on both you and the nurses. No searching for a vein - one simple stick and the nurse had direct access. Since I was receiving a chemo drug called Herceptin on a weekly basis for a year, this port stayed in until the beginning of 2006.
I was 49 years old and finished the race in 31:32.
Today I received my race bag. So as a Survivor, what is in my race goody bag? Lots of stuff!
- the bag is a pink carrying bag, (reusable grocery bag) sponsored by All Comfort Services, a local heating and air conditioning company
- a Warrior inspired scarf, sponsored by Ford
- a bottle of water, sponsored by Enterprise Car rental
- a Sobe drink
- Goat's milk bar of soap
- bags of raspberry tea
- chap stick, sponsored by Johnson Bank
- Revelon hair spray
- A furry pink box, that must be to hold lip stick based on the divided insert?
- Pizza coupons,
- $25 off from The Diamond Center
- $25 off from Pink Warrior USA
- $10 off New Balance
- A copy of Madison magazine
- Pink Race for the Cure Survivor tee shirt
- Regular Race for the Cure tee shirt
- Pink Race Bib
- Pink Hat sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
Tomorrows race will be a HOT one! I really hate to complain about the weather - I usually simply Take what comes . . . but we have really experienced some weird weather in the mid-west this spring - it is either unseasonably cold - or unseasonably hot . . . right now we are in a "unseasonably hot couple of days" period. As I write this, I am sitting on my screen porch, the time is 7:57PM and the temperature is 89. That is not normal temperatures for WI at the beginning of June. The Normal high at this time of year is 75 - so we are way outside of the norm. Of course with these hot temperatures our dew point is also high - so that means that the temp's tomorrow morning are likely to be warm and muggy. Great! While I love hot humid weather - I don't like to run in it.
But I am going to embrace the warmth and give it all I have. I just checked tomorrows forecast and at 8:00AM, they are predicting a temperature of 75 with a humidity level of 81% . . . warm and muggy . . . I will certainly get a chance to EMBRACE the warmth.
Wish me luck - I am off to drink a big glass of water - take the dog for a short walk - drink another glass of water - head to bed (yes I turned the air conditioning on when I got home from work today).
Tomorrow, hopefully I will have wings on and will be able to fly through the race . . . not likely . . . but I can hope!
back tomorrow for a short recap!