Rediscovering Exercise After Cancer


Those of you who are frequent readers of this post know I like to exercise. Makes me feel good, it slowly gets me back to where I was before all of this. Before cancer, before side effects, before I knew so many medical terms one of my doctors asked me if I was in the medical industry, unfortunately, no I am just a student of my disease.

So I have decided to try to take up running again. I haven't run since high school when I ran cross country. I lettered in that. Still have the varsity jacket, and it still fits.

Running will definitely take me out of my comfort zone. I haven't run since high school because of my knees, and well, quite honestly running never really appealled to me, probably because of the growing pains I had with my knees. I only ran the one year for cross country, and after I lettered I guess I wasn't that interested in it. 

In high school I wasn't much of an athlete. Didn't participate in team sports after  cross country in 9th grade I believe.  I even recall that many of my classmates were on diets, drinking diet coke and worrying about their weight. I never did that. Wasn't my thing.

Back to me deciding to run. I have my reservations wondering if I will enjoy it. I know it will be hard at first. Different than what I am used to doing.  In the summer I love to ride my bike on the local bike path.  Nothing like you and your bike and you and the serenity of nature.

I have a friend who is going to go running with me. Train me I guess. She is one of the pilates instructors from pilates midwest, the pilates studio where I did the pink ribbon program and where I currently take pilates classes. I don't even know if that is the right terminology. All I know is I enjoy going there and she enjoys kicking my butt.

So we did a 5k walk this past Saturday, my friend the pilates instructor, Jan and I walked,while the other pilates instructor ran. It was cold, about 20 degrees outside.  It was good to get outside in the fresh air. 

But of course we know, as cancer survivors, nothing is ever easy.

I have osteopenia. I need to do weight bearing exercises to keep the osteoporosis away.  So I thought the walk would be a good addition to the pilates and hockey that I do currently. The next day I noticed my neuropathy flaring up. 

So let me get this straight.

I am trying to get back into shape with the help of one of my friends, and the walk causes a side effect? The neuropathy doesn't really hurt. My foot is numb. Its more of an annoyance, but I would rather it not get back to the point of shooting pain going all the way up my leg to my knee.

I am hoping that running will cause a break through and it will go away permanently, and not have it return doing something that I want to do.

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