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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.

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Two Months On Chemo: Training Log Update

I have settled into the routine of adriamycin and cytoxan (AC) every other Wednesday. I receive the 4th and last AC on June 19th. Next up will be taxol starting on July 3rd and also given every 2 weeks.


The Training and How if Felt

As much as I desired to stick with the routine of going to classes at Formula most days during the week and then going out for a run outside on the weekend, the weekend after chemo is getting tough and I have taken these days off from running and opting for walking instead. My energy starts improving the the following week and then i start feeling back to normal by the time I am due for chemo again. Running feels about the same as it did last month. It still seems to be harder than it should be. Again, my heart rate gets high more quickly and higher than it seems it should be considering my perception of effort. Strength training continues to feel great.


What Did the Data Show?

My resting heart rate continues to be elevated into the 60's to a similar extent as it was last month, but this seems to be stable now. My average HRV is about the same this month as last month. I continue to see that I am spending an increased time in deep sleep compared to my pre-diagnosis self. This month, it seems I have had more recovery scores in the green zone. Maybe this means that I am managing my stress better.


Chemo on June 5th and June 19th


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