When I was coming up to the final weeks of the Couch to 5k plan, I was trying to think of ways in which I could keep myself motivated to continue running. I have enjoyed it for the most part, and if you’ve been keeping up with my Couch to 5k Diaries then you’ll hopefully have seen why I wanted to do something more.
I’ve always been one to keep myself motivated, and I don’t tend to struggle with this. However, as running was never my one true love, this was something I needed to really force myself to do at times, because there were days where I just didn’t want to get out of the house, but I knew I’d feel so much better once I had been out and done some exercise.
It was when I read my good friend Rosie’s post about why she is running the Race for Life where I really felt inspired. Her story behind it was so personal, and it was when I read it that I knew this would be perfect for me. Before I did Couch to 5k, the idea of running for more than ten minutes without getting a stitch, feeling sick, or struggling to breath was completely beyond me, and quite frankly, it terrified me.
I’m lucky in that the people I know who have been affected by cancer have come out the other side. And when we think about it, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer, whether it’s directly, or via someone else they know. This is highlighted by the fact that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime is a crazy statistic, so this is really what gave me the motivation to sign up.
I’m not going to lie, I’m really excited about doing Race for Life, because whenever I’ve seen videos or photos of friends who are doing it, or have done it, it looks like a lot of fun, and I think that’s the point. Why would we do something if we didn’t enjoy it? But its important to remember the reason behind why people are running the Race for Life. For me, there are the health and fitness benefits. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t a reason. But cancer is a huge issue, and I’d go as far to say that it’s one of my biggest fears. I want to know that I’ve done my part to help raise funds for the incredible research that is being done right now to find a cure. I want to do this for the people who need those funds and that research.
If you’d like to donate anything, even the smallest amount, you can go to my fundraising page following this link.
If you’re interested in signing up for Race for Life, there’s still time to do so! All you have to do is start by clicking here.