In my quest to get healthier, I signed up for 6 races in about 8 weeks. I started with the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k in honor of my mom’s battle with colon cancer and today I ran race #2 – Step Up for Stephanie 5k. This race was organized to honor Stephanie Spielman who lost her battle with breast cancer in November of 2009. Here in central Ohio, Chris and Stephanie Spielman are very well known. When Stephanie was diagnosed with breast cancer, he quit the NFL to come home and take care of her and their family. A pretty amazing legacy. This was the first year for the Step Up for Stephanie race and it raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women (lung cancer is first). There is a 1:8 chance of a women developing an invasive type of breast cancer in her lifetime. Fortunately those numbers have been significantly declining due to the heavy media emphasis on early screenings.
Honestly, those numbers scare me (like the colon cancer hasn’t done it enough). The truth is that I can list 24 women instantly in my head that do not have breast cancer. Does that mean 3 of them will? I can list my top 8 closest friends and none of them have had cancer. Will they? It is an unbearable thought.
I have been carrying my RX for my mammogram for the the past month now. I haven’t made the appointment. I plan to do that first thing in the morning. Have you made yours? Most insurances will now cover routine screenings at age 35. So, stop making excuses and go get those boobies checked!
|Total Time: 35:40 Pace: 11:31|
Check out my bib number! It might be my favorite bib ever! Anyone know why?