“I Hate Cancer More Than I Hate Running!”

-I Hate Cancer More Than I Hate-Marybeth

I just finished with a training run!  I have that smug “uh-huh, I just worked out” feeling.

While I am decidedly one of the least authoritative resources, below are tips that got me to my first 5k (RFTC 2014) and to another one right before Thanksgiving.

Does the below sound like you?…

Not one of those gazelle-type gals with legs for days who thinks “why I wouldn’t dream of not logging at least 25 miles a week!”…

Coming out of winter (ahem) a bit heavier? (I’m lookin’ at you, Tamoxifen. Thanks for those last 10#)….well just remember that a little weight smooths a lot of the cellulite out so you actually look cuter running!

Plain old terrified to try?…

I. So. Get. This.

My fiancé is Mr. Marathon.  066

I kept my training a secret until we went on Spring Break last year and I had to confess what I was doing. (I am not exactly the hop up and exercise on vaca type. He was starting to get suspicious.) Rick was a HUGE training help (those breathing tips!) not to mention his all around wonderful encouragement. We finished the race hand in hand.

…Identify with the above?

Not a problem! You can do it!!!  Here are some tips and tricks that helped me:

A great training app:
-My personal favorite is “5k Runner” from Clear Sky Apps. At a speaking gig recently I heard some fellow survivors raving about the “Zombie, Run! 5k Training” app.

Hey, whatever works.

They are all about 8 week programs.

Whoops, you say you only have 4 weeks?  If you can run (or lope or stagger) for 5-8 minutes straight, you can start up somewhere in week 5 and be just fine.

Killer shoes:
-I’ve always been partial to New Balance (bless their hearts, they make narrows!) What do you know, they make the official Komen running shoes and some apparel too! Y’all, the shoes are awesome!

Great tunes:
-At the risk of embarrassing my almost-47-year old self in front of all the cute, hipster Millennials, here are some of my faves.

Load onto your phone, (the running apps work with players like iTunes) or a tiny player like an iPod Shuffle:

“Shambala” Rockapella
“Joy to the World” Three Dog Night
“Hey Ya” OutKast
“The Long Run” Eagles
“Hot Blooded” Foreigner
“We Will Rock You” Queen
“Don’t Stop” Fleetwood Mac
“ABC” Jackson 5
“Boogie Shoes” KC and the Sunshine Band
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“American Woman” Lenny Kravitz

That’s a sampling…I have 103 songs on the playlist. Oh, make that 104…I have to add Pharrell’s “Happy”!

Good music delivery:
-I love my in-ear Bose headphones from Sam’s Club. They have these silicone thingies that fit the inner curve of your ear (comes with three sizes) and prevent the buds from wiggling around or falling out.

Cute clothes:
-I decided last year, that no matter when or where I run, I will Pink It Up!

My favorites include (of course) Komen tees and anything from Walmart’s Danskin brand athletic line…performance is awesome and pink is always available!

I also love my Komen shoe laces that New Balance gave away at last year’s race.

Training pals:
-Train with friends, even if you do it virtually. My friend Jodi Foutch and I co-trained entirely by text for the Siloam Springs Turkey Trot last year. We traded inspiration, trash talked, and agonized together over our aging hips.

There is also a group of survivors that meets in Fayetteville to train and information about the group named The Buddy Project can be found here.  http://on.fb.me/1DfvCXn

Public commitment:
-Tell your friends, family and coworkers that you are training and get them to sponsor you!

Remember we need to raise one million dollars. Nothing like a little accountability to get you moving! It’s easy to ask 10 friends for $10, right?!

Keep your supporters updated via social media. (Yes, the training apps will do that too!)

The ultimate motivation:
-I read a quote on Pinterest recently that sums it up “Nothing will change until you decide it will.” Last year, I finally decided that I hated cancer more than I hated running. (That is a whole bunch).

Every time I want to quit on a training run, I think about seeing all those survivors at our annual RFTC picture. I think of our angel Georgia Sherrill, my BC mentor who was beloved by so many in our community. I think about my first shower after the double mastectomy when as a grown woman, my mother had to scrub me in the tub like the family dog!

I am grateful that I can run, if slowly and plenty jiggly…and I just keep going.

Survivors, you already kicked cancer. You’ve got this.

Supporters and co-survivors, your dedication inspires us!

See you at the race! (I’ll be the one in pink) 😉

Marybeth

Marybeth Cornwell Head Shot Pink Jacket

*Our Guest Blogger, Marybeth Cornwell is the Honorary Survivor Chair for the 17th Annual Komen Ozark Race for the Cure.  Marybeth is the Senior Vice President of Home for Walmart United States and just celebrated her three year cancerversary.

#Football101 with Coach Bret Bielema

 

Coach Bielema and survivors

“I remember getting a phone call. I was away at college and first my dad told me and then I got on the phone with my mom and I will never forget that phone call as long as I live.”
—Coach Bret Bielema

Coach Bret Bielema knows first-hand what it is like when a family is affected by breast cancer. As a co-survivor, Coach Bielema wants to give back to help other women and families in the community that face a breast cancer diagnosis.

On July 31st, 2014, the Komen Ozark Affiliate will partner with Coach Bret Bielema and his staff for the inaugural Football 101, an interactive introduction to the fundamentals of college football. This fun, women only event will be held at the Fred W. Smith Football Complex from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and will offer participants the unique opportunity to tour the brand new football facilities, meet the coaching staff and learn of Coach Bielema’s personal passion to support Susan G. Komen.

“Obviously this event is important to me as my own mom battled breast cancer twice so our family knows first-hand how this disease impacts the entire family. Over the years, I have met many survivors and continue to be inspired by their strength and courage. We work hard to make this a unique experience for the participants while at the same time heightening awareness and raising funds for our local Susan G. Komen affiliate.”

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. during which attendees may mingle with Coach Bielema and the coaching staff. Following the opening reception, women will be split into groups to attend sessions to include basics on the offensive and defensive plays, a question and answer period and tours of the locker room, training facilities and the weight room. Photo opportunities with the groups and survivors will cap off the event.

There are still tickets available! Register now at http://bit.ly/1rE8EUC or visit our website http://www.komenozark.org for more information.

*Women must be 21 or older to attend.

Football 101

Our Race Office is Officially Open!

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As of yesterday, April 10th our Pinnacle Hills Promenade Race Office is officially open! You can now go and register at the office and pick up your race shirt and bib at the same time! (Team packets will be available for pick up starting on April 16th.) Did you already register or plan on registering online? Great! Now you just need to go and pick up your race shirt and bib from the office.

We are also offering a second race office location at NWA Mall (next to Candy Craze by the Easter Bunny) in Fayetteville for two weekends only! The hours for the race office are as follows;

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***If you registered for the competitive, timed 10K or 5K, your race packets must be picked up at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Office in Rogers!

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