Hanging on to Fitness and a Few Strands of Hair Through Breast Cancer Treatment

I am a Medical Oncologist, a wife, a mother of 4, runner of 12 marathons training to run my 13th with a goal to qualify for Boston when the diagnosis of breast cancer caused a significant detour in my well-planned life. When I asked for guidance on how to continue to stay fit while receiving treatment, I received blank stares and found little data. While I never intended to be in this experiment, I find myself now generating my own data about fitness through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I am writing this in hopes to help others who find themselves in this same situation.


Fourth and Last Month on Chemo! Training Log Update

The Training and How it Felt

I have continued with the same routine with most of my running and workouts being in the comfort of the Formula Studio with weekend running outside. Running is starting to feel better. I suspect this is a combination of following the PTs advice of doing more interval training as well as being further away from the AC chemotherapy. I have noticed that I can run a lot farther now without having to stop to take a walk break. The highlight run though was the Charlottesville Women's 4-Miler. More on that later, but on this run I ignored all of the data on my watch and just had fun.

What Did the Data Show?

My RHR and HRV are about the same as last month, but fewer days in the red zone for recoveries.

Chemo on Jul 31 and Aug 14. Women's 4 Miler on Aug 31

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