The streets of Chicago
November 11, 2012
The last entry log in my Garmin GPS running watch was dated September 30: the Berlin marathon. It has been more than 30-days that I have used my GPS for a run, and today I ventured out for the first time.
I have been exercising to keep fit, attending spinning classes and yoga, but I have not run outside, except today. With beautiful mild temperature, some sun, and the trails covered with autumn leaves, I just could not pass up the opportunity. The plan was a short run just shake off some chemo toxins. As I started off, I could not believe the heaviness in my legs as I try to sustain a manageable pace.
Hmmmm….? Are these the same legs who covered 26.2 miles in the streets of Berlin? The goal was three miles at an easy pace but I was dragging and puffing. I think of all the training I have put in during the summer and now it is gone; sucked up by chemo, diarrhea, and vomits. I use to be able to manage keeping up decent mileage and at the same time have treatments in between, but now it is gone. What else will this disease take away from me?
I have completed two rounds of Zaltrap. My hair started falling off again, so I cut it short for people to get use to seeing it short. It did not hide some of the bald spots that developed. Whatever. Diarrhea is more intense too. My wife received a couple of diet suggestions for me to try, thanks everybody. My blood platelets are below normal, it means I am prone to bleeding, but my white blood cells are holding up (indicative of how well my body can resist germs and sickness).
I should not complaint or even think about what has been taken away from me. I am here among friends and family and that is all that matters.