Sunday, January 19, 2014

Here goes 2014

A long absence from blogging with a lot happening. 

Short story is that in late November I had my prostrate removed because of cancer. At the same time some close by lymph nodes were removed and pathology showed the cancer had spread to most of those removed. Also the pathology showed that all of the cancer in the lymph nodes was removed .

The unknown is whether the cancer has spread further. So as a precaution in a few weeks I am starting radiotherapy that is like being rayed. The treatment last for 32 sessions 5 days a week. The side affects during and after can be significant. Most will have gone away a month or so father the treatment has finished. One side affect is significant fatigue. Not sure how badly I will be affected and how it will affect my training and my planed marathons.

Anyway we will wait and see.
The removal of the prostrate also has short term and long term side affects. I am working through those at the moment.

Happily about 4 weeks after the operation I was able to resume light running and have been over the last 4 weeks been  able to increase the length and intensity of the runs. Today I ran a half marathon at SMC in 1.47 which is not much slower than my best from last.

My first marathon back post op and for 2014. Next weekend just out of Brisbane. No expectation of time. I will just be happy to finish under 5 hours. That should be achieved provided the very high humidity does not become a greater factor than in the last few years. This is the 3rd year in a row I have run this and each time a shade either side of 4 hours.


TokyoRacer said...

Nice half marathon after an operation.
Hope your marathon goes ok.

Ewen said...

Yes, good half Ray.

All the best for your running and health in 2014.