What makes a fat, feisty fifty-seven year old, whose mantra for 47 years, has been: “I can’t run, I don’t run”, suddenly take on the challenge of a 10k run?
As many of you will have seen over the last 10 years -the toll that a stressful job, the menopause, and a love of wine and chocolate has taken on my body. Despite attending several gym classes weekly, and walking my dog three times daily, the weight kept piling on.
If you want to change something, three things need to come into place:
Looking at the difference between the graduation photos of my two daughters, taken 9 years apart, I was taken aback at the difference in my appearance, it was as if my mother had taken my place in the latter – this was certainly a shock to the system!
If I wanted to change, then something had to be done – and now. So I joined a cycle club, which did wonders for my legs, but unfortunately, nothing for the Michelin Man roll around my centre – quel dommage. What is a grandma, who wishes to be a glam-ma, to do?
Some improvement occurred, but I had to think honestly, and realised that if I wanted to get anywhere near my former glory, tough action needed to be taken. This would involve my greatest fear – running. But what could incentivise me to run? It had to be big, it had to be doable, and it had to be close to my heart.
Katie had decided, that as 2018 would be the 18th anniversary of her dad – my first husband – passing from oesophageal cancer, and having had 4 family members be diagnosed with varying forms of cancer in 2017, she wanted to raise money to support research to prevent the occurrence of this dreadful disease. So, the plan was hatched that she would run 3 marathons in 3 consecutive weekends to raise a target of £3000 for the World Cancer Research Fund UK, which funds research into all types of cancer. Katie challenged me to join her on her ‘cool down’ run in May 2018, of running the London 10k. I said yes… and then, reality hit me.
I have just started my training plan – here are some starting photos and my goal is to get fit, lose weight and raise some money for this proactive charity.
If I can do this, then anyone can! And if anyone wants to join me on practice runs, then please give me a shout.
Cancer can affect anyone – work undertaken by the World Cancer Research Fund UK indicates that by 2030, 1 in 2 people currently alive will have some form of cancer during their lifetime. That means this disease will affect 21,000 people currently living in Bury St Edmunds.
Research saves lives, but it desperately needs funds. That is why we have decided to raise money to help support the World Cancer Research Fund UK (WCRF). This charity is important to us as I lost my husband, and my young girls lost their dad, when he was just 35 years old. To read our full story, please visit our justgiving page
Our commitment will be training and running – we are hoping that your commitment will be to help us in reaching our target of £3000. Any contribution, no matter how small, will support the work undertaken by the WCRF, and help thousands of people every year to live cancer free lives.
In the words of Helen Keller, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.