Last Sunday I ran my first ever Race for Life 5k! As someone who was decidedly NOT a runner, this has been a milestone for me that I am ridiculously proud of. Here's my runner story...
I remember the dread of athletics lessons at school, resenting cross country and scoffing that I would much rather be the girl into music, rather than sport, in my class. Now, at the age of 23, I can run for half an hour without really much effort, and to think on Sunday I came within the top 20 (allegedly the top 15, but I'm not sure I believe that) really is stupendously baffling.
I don't even know if that's any good or not - you gym fiends who can spend hours in there without breaking a sweat are waaaay beyond my skills! However, my next step will be the 10k, and my moderate success so far is all down to the Couch to 5k podcasts that the NHS have put together for fellow runner-phobes. If you want to build up your stamina and fancy having a go at running, this is a great place to start!
This is also a good time to show you guys what I've been training in. Fitness fashion isn't exactly my forte just yet, and I definitely wasn't the most glamourous of runners (sweaty hair and red face natch), but that's not what it's about, is it? I've been loving this Gwynedds tie-dye tee that I've been training in, and though it's not gym wear strictly speaking, it's loose and I really like the print on the back, so it suits me perfectly. My New Balance running shoes are the comfiest trainers I have ever owned.
And if all of that wasn't enough, I wanted to do Race for Life to raise as much money as possible for a worthy cause. I am sure the dreaded "c" word has touched every one of your lives, some of you more so, so I think it's our duty as the heathy boned among us to work towards ridding the world of this horrible disease.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated; I would really love to reach £200 by the end of the week (that's just a fiver from five of you!) so if you're feeling generous or touched by the Race for Life movement, please dig deep.