#bc2mr – update Sunday 26 November 2017

So, today is Monday.  I was planning this update to go out yesterday, but life was more important.  I’m going to attempt to be more organised this week.

Hopefully you all follow me on Instagram. There, and on my facebook page, you will find (almost) daily updates of how I am going with my training, thoughts on what I’m doing, what is working and what isn’t. Every Sunday I will update for the week, but this update is going to cover the last few months…..cos I’m just getting in the updating habit now, and this journey started a few months ago!

Last week I wrote my first post on this subject.  How I am turning myself into a marathon runner.  Have a read so you get the jist of these updates.

August until last week!

In August I had surgery.  I had a six week recovery time, which turned into a little longer but its all good.  During those six weeks, I was walking every day.  First it started with a few laps once or twice a day around the deck.  Then I made it to the letterbox, then to the corner.  I was achieving.  (The corner is a mere 50 metres from my front gate).

The day I made it over the road to my friends house was awesome.  I’d been home from hospital about a week, so I was around about 2 weeks post surgery.  That walk took me all of the afternoon to recover from.

A couple of weeks after this, after some constant walking to the corner and back, I felt fantastic.  Still extremely sore and slow, but feeling good.  I went around the block.  Not by myself, cos that would just be silly.  I got half way around and almost needed to be carried home.  I made it but the next day did nothing.  It was a mere walk around the block.

By this time, my facebook feed had introduced me to the New York Marathon!  A random post that popped up one day.  Now my mind was made up.  I couldn’t walk around the block but I was going to run the New York Marathon!  How deluded was I (must have been the medication…….haha).

By this time, my facebook feed had introduced me to the New York Marathon! Click To Tweet

Anyway, that made me all the more determined to get out, every day, and walk the streets.  I did wait until my 8 week check up post-surgery before I added in any running, although I never mentioned to my surgeon what I was contemplating.

I worked out that the block around my house is 1km.  So, I started walking it, one day at a time, one lap at a time.  I knew if I needed to get home quickly (bowel surgery does that to you sometimes) I could dash down the side streets and I’d be home.  This gave me so much satisfaction.  I could just walk around the block as many times as I needed to get the distance up.  I’m not too worried about time at the moment, it’s all about being able to do the distance.

I was up to about 3km a day.  It had taken me about 2-3 months to get this far.  Achievement plus!  That was when I went and entered the Saint Clair Half Marathon in May!  Its for a good cause, raising money for Bowel Cancer NZ.  Now I have a goal.

I started training a little harder, running a little more (although I’m not a natural runner, and never will be), adding in a few metres of running here and there.  I reckon if I do a little bit extra every day, I’ll eventually get there!  Maybe!  Maybe not!  But i’m determined.  I know I can make the distance, after all it is only 21 times around my block.

Then, on Monday 20th November, I broke my 5km challenge!  This distance had eluded me for so long.  I had a mental block around this distance.  I could never get that extra 200metres, or that extra 1km.  Now I had done it!

Update: Monday 20 Nov – Sunday 26 Nov.

Weekly updates will now commence.  I promise….I think!

Monday 20 November was a milestone day for me.  I broke the 5km hoo doo.  I was so elated.  So happy.  You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face that day.

Here is the entry I added to my social media.

So that was Monday.  Lately on a Tuesday morning I’ve been having a pilates session with my physio.  She has been taking me through exercises to help strengthen my core, which will in turn help with my running.  After our last session I will be keeping this up on a Tuesday, a pilates session at home.  I will add exercises into my daily routine, but will do a full hour on Tuesdays as an alternative to running.

Wednesday I didn’t head out, can’t remember the reason why! Thursday I did another 5km.  Such exhilaration. Knowing I can now consistently achieve that distance.  Now to make it faster and more running than walking.

Friday I chickened out as it was raining.  Well, not raining raining but it was that awful light misty rain that is just plain annoying.  I will overcome this mindset oneday, but for now, I don’t like heading out in the rain.

Saturday I should have gone for a walk to stretch the muscles out from a night of dancing but instead I chose to sleep in slightly and have an easy day.  Oh well.  I did head out for a brief jaunt on Sunday.  It was hard, but I made myself.

My daily updates.

In case you stumble across this post, and don’t follow me on social media, here are my visual updates I posted this week.


My Everyday Hero

In 2018 I am running the St Clair Half Marathon as part of the Bowel Cancer NZ team.  Bowel Cancer NZ provide excellent services to bowel cancer patients around NZ, and they also dedicate funds to assist research.

If you would like to donate to help me meet my target of raising $1000 for Bowel Cancer NZ, please follow the link below.  Every little bit counts. Thank you.

Doing It For My Bowel! – Renee’s Everyday Hero Fundraising page.

Until next time



#bc2mr – follow this hashtag!

In June and July this year, before I had my last surgery, my husband and I had planned a 3 week trip through the United States.  It was our dream holiday.  Ticking a lot of boxes.  If the last 18 months has taught us anything it’s that you have to take the opportunities when you have them, and to live every day as much as possible.

Well, 2 weeks into our trip, said husband fell off a bicycle in Central Park in New York, broke his collarbone, and before we could finish our holiday we were on our way back to NZ.

I always knew, deep down, that I hadn’t seen New York the way I imagined it.  We saw a fair bit in the few days we had, but the last day was spent traipsing around with husband in a lot of pain and an arm in a sling.  Not fun.  There was so much more to see and do.

That brings me to my recovery after surgery.  Surgery was huge.  Recovery was slow and hard.  Looking back now, it was really just a drop in the bucket, but at the time some of the days were gruelling.  It was hard to move.  Hard to walk.  Walking to the letterbox was a massive chore.  I spent hours and hours trolling through Facebook and the internet……and I was getting bored!

One day I knew I had to set myself some goals.  Give myself a challenge.  Something to work towards.  Then, in my Facebook feed came an ad for the New York Marathon!  I looked at this social media post, just a picture, but that picture was forever indented in my mind.  That was my challenge.  That was my way back to New York.  I’m going to run the New York Marathon.  Not sure when.  But, I’m going to run the New York Marathon!

So, the idea was born.  I’m going to turn my 40 year old body that has been through hell, 2 surgeries, 6 months of chemo, poisoned beyond belief, into a marathon running body.

Introducing the hashtag #bc2mr (bowel cancer 2 marathon runner).  Follow it through social media.  It’s on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.  I’m documenting my journey from bowel cancer to marathon runner.  It’s going to be one hell of a journey.  If you are on Strava, you can also follow my progress there, but most of what I post is taken from there anyway.

#bc2mr. Follow this #hashtag. Its going to be one hell of a journey. Click To Tweet

Come back every Sunday for an update on my weeks training.  You can follow my daily updates on Instragam and Facebook, and each week I’ll do an in depth update on the way my body has responded to training, running, food and everything else I put it through.  Maybe it might inspire one person to face their fear and set themselves a challenge.  Maybe it might inspire you to move.  Moving your body is good.  Moving your body is a proven treatment of preventing cancer. Maybe you have other challenges you want to face.  Maybe you have a goal in mind you want to accomplish.  I’m here to help you through.  Help you face your fears and smash that goal out of the park!  I’m doing it so you can too!

What are your dreams and goals for the future?