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Komen 5K Louisville

I can’t believe it has been a month since I’ve blogged here! Especially when so much has happened recently. Let me tell you about a race I ran recently!

On Saturday, October 9th, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Louisville, which was held down at Waterfront Park.

I joined a team from work and ran the race with my good friend and training partner Farrah. It was the perfect morning for a run; a little on the chilly side, but the sunshine kept us warm.

The course was flat and included a trip across the 2nd street bridge over to Indiana and back. Nothing too memorable. I didn’t go for a PR (finished in 32:42). I just took the opportunity to enjoy a nice 5k run on a Saturday morning and to help out a good cause in the process. It ended up being so much more than that.

The thing I remember most about this race is feeling overwhelmed and blessed at the same time. So many were walking and running with signs on their backs that said “In Memory Of…” or “In Celebration Of…” and it really hit me just how many lives are affected by breast cancer.

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I thought of my friend Erica and how awesome her story is. And she just a ran marathon by the way!!!

I also thought of my husband’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery not long before she passed away (from another cause). I was kind of mad at myself for not wearing a sign. Isn’t it sad how you can get caught up in your own life so much that you sometimes forget what others have been through?

I am truly blessed and I think being at this race was God’s way of showing me that. I am happy to be alive, happy to be healthy and grateful for my ability to run. I cannot take these things for granted.

It’s funny how we can show up somewhere thinking it’s no big deal and end up being completely moved. It was a beautiful day. 🙂

Winding down

I can’t believe April is already halfway gone but I’m glad because it means my really busy past few months are finally winding down. I just finished my class Anatomy class and then Monday night is my last Epidemiology class before finals. Both should be challenging but I’m prepared and I have to write a paper but that’s not due until the 27th. I’m taking the summer off from classes, so I should have plenty of time to devote to my interests which makes me really excited!

Also exciting is my friend Erica‘s radition treatment is progressing along really well and she has signed up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in St. Louis! This woman is amazing, such an inspiration as a wife & mother, Christian woman, dedicated runner, and all around cancer-butt-kicker. Please support her in this wonderful cause by donating to her webpage. Thanks!

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Breakfast this morning was a smoothie. I’m really liking the smaller meals thing because I think it keeps me more stabilized and its nice not having to “worry” whether breakfast will hold me over until lunch because I already know I have a snack coming a couple hours later!

I used this protein powder:

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Thrown in the blender with 1 cup coconut milk, 1 frozen banana and 1 tbsp ground flax, which produced this:

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I was worried about this flavor but no fear was warranted, this ROCKED. I think the coconut milk made it extra creamy too (as opposed to Skim). I’m really getting back into the smoothies and I can’t wait to try more protein powders (this one has lots of vitamins too, so many that I didn’t take my multi today!). So far I’ve had this flavor, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl and Cookies ‘n Cream. There are only a few more at Whole Foods, so I may have to utilize some web outlets to get others that I know exist 🙂

Lunch & Snacks Preview

PB&J in a pita pocket, orange and brussels for lunch (its almost real grocery shopping time)

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TGFF – Thank God for Fage! I think I have an official “favorite” brand of greek yogurt now. I like the others, even love some of them, but nothing can take Fage’s place in my heart, haha…

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Ate the chocolate-fruit-nut mix mid-morning with 2 cups of coffee. I have noticed this week that I’ve been drinking 2 (normal size) cups of coffee instead of just one. I don’t know why, I think its because I just like to drink it, the taste, as opposed to needing more caffeine. I guess as long as its not Starbucks (its a store brand breakfast blend right now) then its not too bad, right?

I’m planning an after-work OUTDOOR workout today. We’re expecting 65 and sunny…70’s tomorrow! It won’t last but that’s ok 🙂

Happy Thursday!