As a dedicated runner, readers may be surprised to discover that I’ve never run Race for Life before. This is for a number of reasons. The best one is that, apart from my Grandad who died when I was 4 and my father-in-law who died before I knew my husband, my life has been unaffected by cancer. I know that makes me very, very lucky.
There is also the fact that I know other people at work who run it and I don’t want to be taking sponsors away from them. Maybe I’m wrong here, but a lot of people run it (or walk it, or skip it or dance it) and there must be a limit to how many people friends, family and colleagues are willing to sponsor. Maybe I’m wrong? Also, there’s a part of me that thinks it’s a run for people who don’t run. A bit of fun with a serious message. I’m quite a serious runner. I’m not going to smash any records, but my running is important to me and I train hard. Tripping over people in tutus and fairy wings is not for me.
So why have I changed my mind?
Recently I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a fellow blogger Crazy with twins who, at the age of only 27, is fighting cancer for the second time. And she really is fighting. Her determination is inspiring. She has three young daughters and everything to live for. She also lives near me. She has finally inspired me to do the run I never thought I’d do.
When I read this post on the day she went in for surgery, I knew I had to sign up for Race for Life. If a woman fighting cancer, who can’t run at the best of times, can do Race for Life, then so can I.
There is a 5k run and a 10k. Crazy with twins is running the 5k and I’m going to do the 10k. We are both running at Cheltenham.
If you would like to sponsor me, you can click on my Just Giving page here Or why not support Crazy with twins by clicking on her post above?