How many of you remember the post “Look, Feet!”? Well it was just under a year ago and I’d managed to complete the Tatton Park 10K Race for life in one hour and eight minutes.
This year I’m hoping to beat that time, and raise some more money while doing it.
The man I’m running in memory of is my Grandfather Bill. He died just after I started secondary school, and I knew little, if nothing about him. What I have learnt since has been through the stories others have told me, and the more I learnt the more I wished I had got to know the man that they knew.
He suffered with Leukaemia, but he also suffered from diabetes, Parkinson’s and heart issues. He was not a well man by any means, but I’m hoping that by raising some money for Cancer Research UK, that I can do my bit to honour his memory and show that even though I didn’t know him well, I still loved him as my Grandfather and that love has only grown in the years that have followed his death.
If any of you would like to sponsor me there is a JustGiving page which you can check out, but don’t feel pressured if this is not the way in which you chose to support charities or if you would rather support another charity with the money. We all have our own ways of showing our support.
For those of you taking on Race For Life yourselves, Good Luck! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re doing and where, I’d love to hear from you.
Service will resume as normal on Writing & Works in a couple of months when university wraps up and I finally escape the avalanche on work steadily crashing towards me.
Wish me luck readers.
I couldn’t help myself with the Disney Hercules reference. I may be twenty but Toni and I still belt out those songs in public if we so wish to! But once again, I’m talking about something that really has nothing to do with the topic that I wanted to actually write about. But I suppose my followers are getting use to that by now.
Did I ever tell any of you that I used to run long distance? Yeah, really, Miss Hater Of Almost All Exercise used to run long distance. Now I’ll admit I’m talking 1,500 meters on Sports’ Day at Secondary School, and outside school I didn’t have that much motivation to go out a run. But every now and again I did, and you know what, I wasn’t bad at it.
However, since getting to Uni I’ve stopped pretty much all forms of physical exercising and become really, rather lazy. So with Spring now here I decided to try and do something about it and started jogging again. Not too far the first time, I did about a mile and then turned back, wheezing like someone about to throw up a lung the entire way. My stamina is not what it used to be and the next morning everything ached. It was enough to put me off running for a good while. Yet I’m refusing to give up this time and I decided that I needed something to work towards, something that would motivate me enough to keep putting one trainer in front of the other.
On the 28th June I’m going to be running in the Race For Life 10K at Tatton Park. It serves to purposes in giving me a reason to get out and run as often as I can and to also encourage me in supporting an organisation that helps others. For those of you who don’t work in kilometres, 10K is about 6 miles, which is about equal to running from my home to Brown Moss, around Brown Moss and then back to my home. Something I did a couple of years back when I was bored, and managed to complete in under two hours. (I don’t remember the exact timings.)
I set a fundraising target of £100 so that I have something other than my own contribution to spur me on. With my Grandmother already offering to sponsor me I have even more reason to make sure that I complete those 10K and I’m really looking forward to it. Even if I do ache from head to foot from using muscles that seemed quite happy to be left alone. Oh well. I’ll give them a day to rest and then it’s back to the hills of Bath for another jog. Wish me luck!
Oh, and here and some photos from my last jog/walk/desperately gasping for breath thingymajig. Apologies for the numerous pink smudges that are my finger. I was using my ipod to take the photos and keeping your grip steady while avoiding getting your finger in the photo is not easy.