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It's been a while since I updated this, so since I was chosen as a Motivator August 11, I think I need to add some updates.

My half marathon count went up to 52 from the 29 last reported -- along with my one full. I completed #52 in March 2018, though not pretty, I finished. Even with physical issues and fluctuating weight I am proof that anyone can do this type of race.

In 2010 I did 16 half marathons throughout the United States.

Since then my number of halves has gone down each year, but that is because of health issues. I do continue to go to the gym a couple times each week.

During 2011 I found out I had Lymphoma, but continued to train and race during my 6 rounds of chemo, and completed my 50th half marathon. I posted a couple blogs about it. I also had a breast cancer scare which turned out as just that. No breast cancer found. I'm now just waiting for a clear PET scan so I can say I'm in total remission.

My breast cancer scare turned to diagnosis 6 months later. I had a lumpectomy and radiation and was declared "in remission" for that cancer as well. And I celebrated with at trip to Costa Rica.

2013 I started training for half #51 which was in August. At the time, it was my slowest finish ever, but I finished better than I had expected. Then 4 days later I promptly fell and broke my ankle and ???. I did my required time in the boot, then went out and did a 4 mile race, which aggravated the ??? part of the fall. In January of 2014 I found out I had a torn tendon and had surgery to repair it.

The tendon and surgery put me on the sideline for a long time as it didn't heal well. I finally ended up seeing a chiropractor who got me back on track with walking, and lost almost all the weight I wanted to with the help of a health coach and the full body approach - mind, body & spirit.

Late 2016, I had just started training again, when the universe decided that I needed another test. I was diagnosed with a new breast cancer, which made 3 distinct cancers in 5 years. This brought the decision for a bilateral mastectomy. My 52nd race was put on hold as 2017 was to be used for healing. At the end of the year I resumed training with a renewed energy.

In January 2018, I rolled my ankle once again. It was sore, but didn't seem to bad. But as I continued to train it didn't get better. However, I decided I was going to get in #52 and in March completed it. I then cut back on my walking, in hopes the foot/ankle would get better, but it didn't. One good thing finally happened... In July 2018, I was finally told I was cured with regards to all 3 cancers.

So here it is August, 2018 and I have just had another surgery on my ankle/foot to repair a lot of damage. I'm healing and hoping. Will I ever do another half marathon? I don't know, and I really am fine with that now. So for the time being, when I'm healed I plan on getting back out and walking - just walking. So as I have always said...

No matter what life gives you, just keep going.

Member Since: 9/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 47,173

My Goals:
My main goal is to stay healthy. In order to maintain my health and improve upon it I am working to loose more than 50 pounds.

My Program:
I am doing strength and resistance training 2 times each week and walk between 4 and 8 miles 3 to 4 time a week. The walking is in conjunction with training for 1/2 marathons which I do on a regular basis.

Personal Information:
I'm a Colorado native and raised in Westminster. Have been married for more than 35 years and have 2 wonderful sons. I am retired, but volunteer my time as a photographer.

Other Information:
I love painting and crafting and have sold many items via craft fairs and through personal referals.

After completeing a full marathon in January 2004, I turned to doing 1/2 marathons after a year break. Training for 1/2 marathons has became almost an obsession. I was always looking for a new race in a new place and loved to travel to my races. I have completed 52 1/2 marathons. I feel that doing a 1/2 marathon is a completely do-able feat no matter your athletic ability (or lack of it). With the right training and support anyone can do it.

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