WHEN YOU CANNOT WORK BECAUSE OF ENDLESS SURGERIES AND APPOINTMENTS THE OBVIOUS THING TO DO IS ENTER YOURSELF INTO A MARATHON!
FUNDRAISING FOR THE ROYAL MARSDEN CANCER CHARITY (2014)
I am very excited to say I entered to run in the Brighton Marathon 6th April 2014.
I am raised money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. It is a charity which means so much to me. The Royal Marsden treated me for my cancer, and they gave me a second chance in life.
Anyone that has been told they have something wrong with them, and that it could rob you of your life will tell you that once you are fixed you become truly thankful for the gift of life many of us take for granted.
If you have a second chance to do something with your life, what would you do?
“A marathon is a bloody long way you know…”
A marathon is something I never had any interest in. Ever. Even watching it on TV was boring. At school I was an okay sprinter, but I lacked stamina over distance.
I have flirted with exercise and keep fit for a few years. I yo-yo’d with my size ever since I was 20, and while it did not bother me, exercise was something I dipped into from time to time. The problem I think I lacked was a target, and motivation.
Cancer became my motivation.
Crazy eh? Of all the times in my life to trigger something truly challenging and rewarding, I choose to do it when it I am in the throes of recovery and reconstruction.
I kind of needed to focus on something that I couldn’t duck out of… well here goes!
The saying goes that if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?
The goal has been set!
Suffice to say I entered into my 30’s a much different shape and size to that of my teens, and generally speaking that is fine, until you consider running a marathon!
I am under no illusion that it will be easy.
The path will be hard. I will need to focussed and determined but here goes, I’m going to get into the shape of my life!
Now the goal is set, and I have the motivation
In the past I have given a small contribution each month to worthy causes. Unfortunately due to financial restraints that stopped. So much has changed for me over the last year especially and I wanted to do something again. this time really big! I chose the Royal Marsden because their work is life changing, it changed mine, and it will carry on changing lives all the time it is able to. If I can give back a little (a bit of time and sweat) and raise money that goes towards helping someone else, surely there is no greater contribution.
All I ask from my family, friends and supporters is a small donation. I have set a target of £1000.
(The fundraising is now closed, be sure to read in to see how I got on)
I will continue to keep you updated on my progress. The last 3 night’s I have been running about 5k each evening. Tonight I suspect the reality of what I am undertaking will be made crystal clear as I join the local running club….
Please read on and find out how marathon training becomes disrupted by another huge surgery, and an appearance on a major TV show.
I thought the last year had been unbelievable, unknown to me at this point was how this path to recovery was not as simple as I hoped for…..