This Sunday, April 27, 2014 I will be participating in my fifth Sun Run.
The Sun Run is a 10 KM run event in Vancouver, BC. It is the largest 10 KM run in North America as it typically attracts approximately 50,000 participants.
My world changed dramatically after completing my first Sun Run. I’ve said it before and often and will say it again…running has literally saved my life.
The doors that have opened since crossing the finish line the first time, the change that has occurred in my person has been quite remarkable.
And I am humbled and blessed to still be able to get out there and do the damn thing.
I have included a link to Marathon Photos that document finishing the race last year. They also have some video clips. I look like Big Bird and I have the sign if you want to check it out. You really cannot miss me.
Three weeks after this race I ran the BMO 1/2 Marathon. I think I was in denial when first I saw these photos as I’d really become bloated at this point. This is what I looked like just prior to being diagnosed with Uterine Cancer.
And I knew there was something not right but when you begin the process of diagnosis, your head won’t let you go to that dark place of ‘What if….?’
Two weeks prior to the events of last years Sun Run I had been given a medication to ‘soften’ my cervix for some tests that needed to be done.
I ended up having contractions as a result. Not fun. Not fun at all.
Last year at this time I was feeling a little beat up.
This year I’ve gone through the battle and won. I’ve got the scars which are mending and I am rebuilding.
As I run this year it will be a reminder to me of the good fortune I’ve been blessed with in finding these ailments before they became a major threat. It will reinforce the beauty of movement and allow me to honour my health and wellbeing.
Below is a photo taken when I was invited to participate in The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. Truly, it was a huge honour. A few months ago I received an invitation to share my story. I am attaching the letter requesting participation and Renee’s response to my submission.
In my submission I included the final chapter of my book as my experience with the relay is noted in there. I was brought close to tears by Renee’s response.
This year the Sun Run will be a celebration. I will be picking up my run package this afternoon after work. Look for me a the finish line. Cheers!