Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CASA Superhero 5K & Kids' Run

Earlier this month, our kiddos participated in the CASA Superhero Kids' Run while MD (the husband) and my oldest daughter ran the 5K.  It was his second race and her 6th or 7th 5K to run.  When I say kiddos, I am referring to two sets of kiddos.  Our two daughters and the daughter and son of my best running buddy (BRB) who is also one of my best friends (BF) who happens to also be our family's best family friends (BFF); our two families spend a ton of time together at the soccer fields, softball fields, running events, school events and just in general.

At registration that morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find books for the kiddos in the goodie bags!  And, they were good books, too.  Like Scholastic books, full-size and of interest to the kids.  :)  Each bag had a different book so we came home with four new books for our mini-library.  Super cool!

This is not my picture; however, we did get this book.
I'll try to edit this a bit later to put a snap shot of the books we got.  They really were good ones!

Not only did our two families participate but a couple of ladies from our running group (GP Ms. Fits!) came with their kiddos, as well.  It was a great morning - nice temps and breeze, somewhat overcast and just enough of a crowd to call it a party without being overwhelmed or worrying about losing sight of the little littles.  Plus, they were serving made fresh pizza!  You didn't even have to run to get any.  Even better!  A (the BRB/BF/BFF) and I were on littles duty and not running since the dads were doing the 5K.  We carbed up anyway.  ;)

Why the race?  Well, they had a Kids 1K which was perfect for the little littles (big little was going to run the 5K with the dads).  And, it had a cool theme that all of the kiddos were excited to dress up for.  And, CASA is a great organization.  Here's a brief description of their race purpose:
Speak Up for Kids will raise funds and friends for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate™) volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected children. This spring, 5K events will be hosted by local CASA programs in San Antonio, Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Marble Falls. The CASA 5K Series is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas CASA. (source)

Want to see some pics?  Of course you do!

Big Little (my third grader) and Little (my kindergartner) in the back;
the BRB's little little (he's three) and little (she's in kinder with my Little) in the front.

Our running group's kiddos!  Superhero Kids' K Runners!
D is raising his hand because I asked the kiddos 'who's going to run super fast?!'
He was the only one to humor me; the others just posed with their smiles.

The littlest little running in!
He is still talking about being super fast!

Little and her friend G; my R was trying to convince G of something!
We still don't know what this seemingly serious convo was about.  :)

Waiting for the 5K to start.
Big Little (aka M) in the pink with Dad (MD) in white and our good family friend J in the black; they're in the middle of this pic,  I need to work on my start line shots!

Big Little running in!  Wait.  Where's Dad?  Aren't you supposed to be running with Dad?
She beat Dad by about 5 minutes.  I missed his 'coming in' shot as I was chasing littles.

 Dad with his littles after the race.  They had a blast!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hear the crickets? I do!

Sorry, folks!  I am not even sure that anyone has checked back here since my first post; however, I wanted to acknowledge that the crickets have been chirping!  :)  Lots of posts swirling around in my head but not much time to get those thoughts organized and down on paper (or, should I say computer screen?).

My girls are in their last week of school and work has been a bit busier than I anticipated for the mid-to-end of May.  I have a cute pic of a kids run that I want to share and I want to attempt to blog about the last two races I did.  One with my husband!

Don't give up on me, yet!  :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

So Serious, So Soon?

I know, I know. We just met. However, I am ready to get serious. I know it seems soon; however, I think it's time.

I'm more active now. There are things that I need to be comfortable while active. So, list checking I go.
  • Proper fitting sports bra, check.
  • Sweat-wicking top & bottoms, check.
  • Water, check.
  • Sunscreen, uhhh, sometimes check.

I have sensitive skin.  Most cosmetics and lotions, fragrances, etc. make my skin itch.  Literally.  Sunscreen and products with SPF in them make my skin tingle and even sometimes burn.  So, I typically go without.  Unless I know that I am going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time.
Along with learning more about fitness and nutrition, proper fitting clothes and shoes, I am learning to take care of the thing that I wouldn't normally think of.

Sunscreen. On a daily basis.  Seriously.

Serious part.

About a month ago, I had a blemish checked out by a dermatologist.  I had never had a blemish issue and was starting to get aggravated that I had one now - in my 30s.  I never thought anything about it.  Other than it was a blemish that would not go away.  It was on the side of my nose and it was really starting to annoy me.

The call that came to tell me that the little fibrous nuisance - that I had removed for vanity reasons - shocked me.  Basal Cell Carcinoma, it's a skin cancer.  It's the best type to have, if you have to have one.  That's all I really remember Gladys, my dermatologist's assistant, saying.  I sat at my desk, here at the office, for a few minutes as she asked if I was still there.  I had to ask her to repeat herself - to make sure I heard her right - and then started asking questions.  How do we deal?  What's the process?  Etc.

Two weeks after that phone call, my husband drove me 2 1/2 hours from home to see the referred skin cancer doctor; she was trained to perform the surgery that would need to be done.  She performed Mohs surgery and got clear margins in one pass.  After only two hours since our arrival, I was headed home.  The surgery was a bit more invasive than I had mentally prepared myself for and I was a bit overwhelmed (again, more than I had prepared myself to be); however, I was thankful.  I was thankful that it only took one pass and I was headed home in a relatively short matter of time.  I was stitched up (again, surprised by the number of stitches required), slightly swollen and numb and was told to expect minimal scaring.  I was good with that; I had stayed off of Google and hadn't had any predetermined ideas of what to expect.  This was both good and bad.  It ended up worse than I thought but so much better than it could have been - as I have since been on Google and seen others post about their experiences.

I have scheduled an appointment for my husband to be screened.  And, I will keep up with annual screenings for myself.  Also, we have implemented the use of SPF on a daily basis.  Including the darling daughters.
I have never been one to be active - much less outdoors - until this last year or so.  Was it this exposure that created the 'blemish'?  Probably not.  I have learned that most skin cancers are from sun exposure occurring 15-20 years prior to experiencing/seeing symptoms, including 'blemishes'.  I was in the marching band in high school; we had practice during the Noon hour as well as after school, most school days, during the fall.  I also played outside (tire swing!) as a elementary school-aged kiddo.  It was more than likely these earlier-in-life exposures that caused my 'blemish' to develop.

So, what's the major cause?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, anyone with a history of sun exposure can develop BCC.  However, people who are at highest risk have fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue, green or grey eyes.  The SCF also indicates that almost all BCCs occur on parts of the body excessively exposed to the sun - especially the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders and back. (source)

I encourage you to check out their website for more information!

Be sure that you are sun-screening up, daily, to be prepared for those random and even limited times of exposure.  Have regular check-ups with a dermatologist and protect your little ones now so that they don't have an issue later.  During the school day, sun exposure may come during PE and recess; it may only be 15-20 minutes at a time but exposure is exposure.  Be sure to send them off with SPF!

By the way, my dermatologists recommended two kinds of products.  They are Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 and Vanicream, for those with more sensitive skin, like me.

We take care of our insides with annual exams, let's be sure we're taking care of the outsides, too!