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I have PRE-CANCER!!! There I said and it felt good to let it out!! I’ve been thinking for a while if I would share this not so exciting news to any ones else besides the ones I love and today I decided is the day. Whew what a relief I feel so much better and I don’t have this knot in my stomach every moment of the day (it was almost like my dirty little secret), but wait should I keep it a secret when I can share my story and help so many others?
We get busy in our lives and sometimes don’t take a moment to stop, breath, and take care of oneself. Being a mommy, wife, business owner, and athlete sometimes we let things get in the way and don’t take time to get ourselves checked out (blood work, yearly paps, mammograms, and etc.).
I’ve held this in thinking no one will really want to hear my problems or will really care, we as people get so caught up in our lives and family dynamics we forget to check on our loved ones (family & friends). So why bother them with bad news about me, they have their own things going on right? I’ve realized holding it in doesn’t help, if anything it was making me a little insane (LOL).
For me it was an appointment to talk about getting these tubes tied, no more babies for me! My Dr. required an exam, a pap smear before I can get my tubes done (a microscopic examination of cells scraped from the opening of the cervix, a screening test for cervical cancer). Sure no problem I get these done all the time, a week or two passes and I get a phone call stating I needed a colposcopy (being examined with a microscope), due to abnormal cells on the cervix. Sure no problem I’ve been through this before pregnant with my youngest two kids, they have always told me my immune system is lower and after pregnancy I should be fine so no worries over here, at least I thought. Two weeks pass by and I get the phone call that made me slightly numb, basically I was told I have Stage 3 Precancerous Cells Cervix also known as, CIN3: Serious abnormal cell growth in the intraepithelial.
I just received this news and soon as I hang up the phone I am all over Google researching as I have a mini heart attack. At first I was ok but after some thought I cried my eyes out thinking about all the what ifs (my mind is all over the place).
So it’s been about a month as I patiently wait to have my surgery (Leep Procedure) scheduled, all the while still having my up and down days with a little depression. This past Saturday I ran the Susan G Kolman Race for Cancer and I saw so many signs on people backs that were in memory of a loved one or someone that beat cancer, talk about an emotional race for me. That moment made me realize I need to share this experience with others and if it helps just one person then I did my job! You may think your fine but symptoms may not all ways show like in my case. So I am asking you all to make sure you get your annual checkups and if you haven’t yet or have never had one in your life, today is the day to make a change!
I thank the few family and friends that have told for being supportive through this time, love you all…
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
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On Sunday I ran my first Half Marathon 13.1 Miles, I trained about 10 weeks for this marathon and played kick ball at the same time so sometimes I had my challenges getting my runs in. My journey started Sat morning with a car ride to Myrtle Beach from Atlanta. I rode with two of my kickball team mates which made it even easier since we already had a bond from being on the same team. Myrtle Beach here we come!
Hey I had to get comfortable, LOL! After navigation getting us lost for about an hour we finally arrived in Myrtle Beach around 3:30 p.m. at the expo to pick up our race bibs. While picking up our bibs we saw fellow Black Girl Run members and our kickball team mates.
Finally were headed to our rooms and to dinner to meet the rest of the BGR ladies at Hard Rock Cafe.
So dinner is done and it bed time, I have got a big race in the morning. Oh wait we have to take pics of our race gear before we hit the sheets!
Rise & shine its 6:00 a.m. and its race day! I wasn’t to excited till I woke up, Beast Mode On! Yes I am crunk and ready for this race but first a few pics and I can’t forget to take my pain killers from my foot injury I occurred while training for my half marathon (heck no I wasn’t going to let that stop me).
So I’m here I cant believe this day has finally arrived, as I stand at the 6:00 minute mile mark which I have no business standing at, I need to be way back in the 12:00 minute mile mark but hey I know they will be passing me up so let take a pic and get ready for this race.
As I waited for the race to start my nerves were bad and I knew I needed to get my Nano 7 ready, I’ve got a long journey ahead of me. There goes the gun and I’m off! I hit my start button and I started my race down the strip to the unknown watching the sea of ladies run past me I felt my self get a little emotional, I couldn’t believe I was doing it! My nano spoke to me and told me I had just completed one mile, I thought in my head, “you have got to be kidding me that feel like three miles”! This is when I knew I was in for a challenging race. Everything was great and I paced myself until I reached mile four and could feel my foot starting to give me problems already, this is not good :-(. So as I struggled I decided to do the best I can and finish the rest even if I had to walk most of it. So I ran for a few miles and then would walk about a half a mile, and then run a little more. This technique seemed to work for me until I got to mile ten, my body was tightening up on the right side. My quads were killing me, and my calves from running on my toes for most of the race. I decided to walk at mile ten and then run the rest of the way, when I got to mile eleven the plan was to run all the way to the finish line. I can do this I run 5K’s 3 days a week right, reality check Genae you just ran 11 miles so right now you can’t LOL! I did a really good stretch before I started running mile eleven, I got about a half a mile and started walking again, I was beat and felt defeated but I wasn’t giving up. I walked and ran until I hit that last mile, here I come! I mustered up all the energy I had left in me and sprinted that last mile to the finish line. I saw so many of my BGR sisters rooting me on as I ran through the finish, I did it I’m finished! I thought I might cry when I was done but I didn’t instead I was about to fall out from trying to catch my breath. I received my medal and now it was time to celebrate, picture time!
I finshed my race in 2 hours and 40 mins, not to bad since my practice time was 3 hours.
Next time I would like to finish within 2 hours and 30 mins
What an awesome feeling and experience! My name is Genae and I am a Half Marathoner & a Black Girl that RUNS!
OK so now Ive got the bug im thinking of a Mini Triathalon in my future :-).
The best advice I can give anyone for a race:
- Try to find a workout buddy that has similar goals, you will inspire each other and push each other at the same time.
- Make sure you get fitted for the proper running shoes at a professional running store
- Stay Hydrated
- Make sure you cross train, its important you add strength training to the mix
- Never wear or try anything new on race day, train in what you plan to wear on that day
- Pace yourself
- The most important advice I can give is run your race no one else’s
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the Preserve the Sexy Tour in Atlanta. There were many speakers that consist of having healthier hair, eating healthier, using the correct running gear, and singer Q Parker from singing group 112 was a guest speaker. The tour focused on a program called, “walk before you run” which helps you transition into to running.
Ashley & Toni the founders shared how they started BGR and a little bit about them selves when it comes to their eating habits and working out.
I have exactly 11 days till I run my first half marathon, the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach. I finished my last practice run on Monday, I planned to run 11 but decided what the heck run the whole 13.1 and get it over with.
My pace was 13:57 in 3 hours 02 minutes, and 1456 calories. This was the longest and hardest run for me. Mile 9 my legs started giving out and 11, 12, and 13 were torture! My last mile I got a cramp in my foot but ill be dam if I stop when I have a mile to go so I skipped, hopped, walked and crawled till I finished 13.1 miles. I’m hoping to cut my time down by 30 mins on race day.
After my practice run I went and bought two bags of ice, for a ice bath, benefits of a ice bath:
- Speeds recovery. According to one report, it is believed to decrease the amount of time needed by the muscles of athletes to return to top condition between training sessions.
- Keeps muscles limber. One account suggested it would reduce muscle soreness after heavy exertion, such as after snow shoveling.
Can you say COLD!
The next day my body felt great, I definitely wasn’t sore like I usually would be, but I did notice that the pain in my foot was still bothering me. I found myself limping every where I went and any pressure on my foot hurt. After some research I learned the reason my foot hurt was due to the minimal shoes I run in, Brooks Pure Connects. Don’t get me wrong they are a great shoe, but they can’t handle long distant runs. OK so my foot is killing me and I have a Diva to run in a week! I headed over to my local family Dr. and he gave me a Cortisone (steroid) shot in the bum and some Naproxen for the pain. All I can say is wow, I felt almost nothing! So now I am trying to take it easy for the rest of the week but go to kickball practice.
I ordered a new pair of shoes, the Brooks Pure Flow, I am hoping they come in time so I can break them in..
Wish me luck!
So its been a super busy week with Spring Mini Sessions. I haven’t really been able to throw something on except kick ball gear or running gear. As I said in past post I am training for a half marathon and every Friday I add an extra mile on until I get up to 13 miles. Today I ran 8 miles with a good friend of mine, we ran the whole 8 miles with no breaks (pace 12:38, calories 960, 1 hr 41 mins). I am proud of both of us, but next week I think we will take a few breaks. That 8 miles non stop was no joke! Since I haven’t been dressing this past week I will share some pictures of my kick ball team and some of my sessions from this week.. Enjoy!!
As you can see I am super silly! LOL
On this day I was headed to a girls night out for ladies that run at Road Runner Sports in Atlanta.
Here were some of the high lights at the event:
Sip on cocktails + nibble on healthy treats
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I ended up winning one of the raffles, a $50.00 gift certificate towards anything in the store by road runner. Since I am the budget queen I found three dri fit tanks on clearance, royal blue, turquoise, and purple.
I decided I wanted to be cute but comfortable, my converse always do the job when it comes to comfortable.
Pajama Red Polka Dot top: Lauren Conrad from Khols
When I ordered it I paid $10.00 now its $4.00 here
100% of the net profit from the sale of this item will support the fight against breast cancer
Skinny Jeans: Rue21 $10.00 (clearance, old)
Red Converse: Ebay $41.99
So I started playing on a kick ball team for the spring, it’s so much fun! I thought this would be another great way to stay active & cross train while I get ready for my half marathon. I’m having a blast but I am so sore, I’m working other muscles in my legs I don’t use while running. A friend of mine that works out faithfully in the gym body building suggested a pre & post workout supplement. I cant wait to get my products in the mail and don’t worry I will leave you with a review when I test them out.
- Elite Pre-Workout Solution. Evopoietin One-Alpha. Maximum Size. Maximum Strength. Maximum Pump.
- EVP is the synthesis of pharmaceutical technology, nutraceuticals ingenuity and the science of elite performance nutrition.
- EVP’s precise formulation was specifically designed with ingredients to increase muscle size and fullness, enhance strength and boost mental focus
- EVP is the complete pre-workout solution. EVP’s combination of pharmaceutical and medical-grade, ultra-pure ingredients results in the most advanced pre-workout compound available
- Evogen Nutrition’s Elite Mass & Recovery Catalys
- impact muscle growth
- recovery following high-intensity training.
- Support anabolism
- maximum hardness
As you can see these babies aren’t cheap but If its gonna help me with my muscle soreness I’m all for it (Oh and she said it last about 3 months so that’s not bad at all)!
Sharing a few pictures from my soft ball practice game…
Last night I attended a dinner party and one of the discussions was weight loss/ working out. A friend of mine told me I looked about a size 6, I was surprised because in my head I know I’ve been loosing weight but still felt like a 10. I never weigh my self I just go by the way my clothes fit me, so I pulled out a pair of skinny jeans and they read size 8! Wow I haven’t been a size 8 since before I had my son 15 years ago. Hard work really does pay off, I am happy at this size and don’t want to lose any more weight so my plan is to maintain.
People ask me all the time how did I lose the weight and to be honest all I did is run at least 3 to 4 days a week (3 to 4 miles) . I started off as a walker/jogger and over time I finally exceeded my goal around 4 months and was able to run a full 3 miles without stopping. At 10 months I can now run up to 5 miles without stopping and ran my first 10k which is about 7 miles (I ran the first 5 miles then walked twice) the point is I finished! I just joined a women kick ball league for fun and I figure I can get in some cross training all at the same time, working out can be fun too!
I also use my Nutri Bullet and make yummy protein shakes, you can see my post on my Nutri Bullet here. The biggest question I get is about running shoes, I also wrote a blog on shoes you can check out here.
Size 12 to 8
I am a busy wife/mother of a 1, 5, and 15 year old, if I can do it so can you NO EXSCUSES! 😉
So I finally went ahead and paid for my registration for the Divas Half Marathon on April 28th, I’m so excited! I’ve been slacking on my long runs so I have to get in gear real quick. I run about 12 to 15 miles a week but that’s not gonna get it I have to step it up. If you read some of my other post I run with a group called Black Girls Run and before you ask or jump to conclusions, no you don’t have to be black to join Black Girls Run (every one is welcome, just no man) LOL. These ladies will help me in my journey to prepare for my 1st half marathon.
A few items that are a must have when I run are:
I will post updates on how my runs are coming along and if my time is improving, wish me luck! Are you getting ready for any races or trying to reach a goal?