For those of you that know me personally...then you know my dad passed away last July. He was diagnosed with not one, but three different cancers. He was diagnosed with stage 4 Squamous Oral Cancer, stage 1 esophageal cancer, and stage 1 lung cancer in January of last year. Last year in March, he had to undergo a 16 hour surgery to remove his femur bone in his leg to replace it with his jaw bone. He also had a total glossectomy (complete removal of the tongue). That left him unable to speak or eat. He was also left permanently disfigured after the surgery. He also did 6 hour chemo treatments and multiple radiation treatments to get rid of the cancers. He was sent to three different rehab facilities, and several hospitals to learn how to walk again and for his tracheotomy care. He fought all the way to the end and always had a positive spirit. So, to honor my dad for his strength and courage I have decided to participate in my first 5k run on September 23, 2018 and did my second 5k run back in February this year with the Livestrong Foundation. Both fundraisers that I started exceeded the initial fundraiser goals. Thanks to everyone that donated in the loving memory of my father. I plan on running in a 5k (and might do a marathon too) every single year to honor his legacy.
Also, I will tell you guys in a separate blog post how I trained for both races. What my diet consisted of, my workouts (all on a sprained ankle too.) It definitely wasn’t easy transitioning from a sprinter that used to run the 100 and 200 to running long distance. I will write about the apps I used as well.