A few years ago I decided to lose a bit of weight and get fit. Years of looking after babies had taken their toll and I realised that with 40 on the horizon I needed to do something if I wanted to be able to run around with them.
It was great, I lost loads of weight and I got really quite good at running. Then it got cold, I had other things on my mind and I stopped, then a year or so passed and I could never quite muster the will to go out running. It was always at the back of my mind but I didn’t really have any incentive.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was contacted by Cancer Research UK to see if I’d like to take part in their Race for Life. I must admit I was in two minds at first, I’ve only ever done one other organised run and I enjoy the solitary time to think. I’m competitive, but only at things i’m good at, running is not really one of them. As I’ll talk about later on in my blogging journey, I also suffer from very bad anxiety and so running with a large group of people is a real challenge for me.
However, the Race for Life is about more than fitness, this is a serious attempt at raising some money for one of Britain’s most important charities. Cancer Research UK is one of the charities which we support in our household as our family has been touched with cancer and its very real for us.
Did you know that one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives? The good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s.
Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across Hertfordshire where I live.
So, I’ve signed up for the Race for Life 10k! This is going to be a massive challenge for me as I’ve not run that far before and I will have to overcome my anxiety by using CBT techniques leading up to the race. The best thing though is that no-one is going to be checking up on my time (other than me) and as its a women only event I wont be flattened by the blokes. Courtney Culverhouse, Cancer Research UK’s St Albans Event Manager, tells me: “Race for Life events are non-competitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, or run around the course. The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. Pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like minded women, is a great motivation to get fitter.”
I’ve resurrected my Twitter hashtag #runfatgirlthin and i’m putting a few updates over on my Instagram page. I’ll be blogging my progress in training here as well. I’d love it if you joined in with my hashtag so we can all motivate each other.
I’m hoping that I can inspire some of you to join me on the day and also show that if I can do it anyone can. Most importantly, I hope that lots of money is raised for Cancer Research whilst everyone involved in the Race gets fit!
So far this week i’ve managed 3 runs all over 3k in distance which isn’t too much of a shabby start. I’ve started to feel really motivated and I suspect that this is going to make a really positive impact on my life. I hope you enjoy my journey!
If you live in or close to Hertfordshire here are the races you might like to join:
Race for Life events in Hertfordshire:
5k Events in Hertfordshire
Welwyn & Hatfield: 5k on Sunday 5 June at 11:00am at Stanborough Park
Watford: 5k on Sunday 12 June at 11:00am at Cassiobury Park
Stevenage: 5k on Sunday 10 July at 11:00am at Fairlands Valley Park
St Albans: 5k on Sunday 24 July at 11:00am at Verulamium Park
10k Events in Hertfordshire
Stevenage: 10k on Sunday 10 July at 11:00am at Fairlands Valley Park
St Albans: 10k on Sunday 24 July at 11:00am at Verulamium Park
Pretty Muddy Events in Hertfordshire
Hemel Hempstead: Saturday 3 September from 11:00am at Phasels Wood