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Race for Life 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015

If you're a regular reader you will know that I hate exercise and I've only ever found a few things that I enjoy like yoga and lifting weights. I'm just a lazy so and so who would rather be sat down listing to music than pounding the streets. I can follow a eating plan but can't always motivate myself to move more.

Cancer Research UK got in touch and asked me to be part of their Race for Life blogger team which means I have to give running a good go. Who can say no to a charity? Especially one who does such pioneering work. I work for Cardiff university and CRUK work in partnership with us and spent nearly £4 million in Wales on clinical research focusing on bowel, breast and prostate cancers last year.



I took part in Race for Life last year and despite jogging a very slow 5k me and my friends still managed to raise £300 for CRUK. I was very unprepared for last years race, never running before attempting it (bit silly of me) and both me and my friend took a tumble into a ditch (only we could have been so silly and clumsy) and it took me nearly 40 minutes to jog the course.


Last years race was jolly good fun and meant that I had a nice day out and raised some money in the process but I would like to push myself more this year. It would be a tough task to raise the same amount of money again so I'm setting myself a target of jogging the course in under 30 minutes this time. Hopefully a target will make sure I practice and give people a reason to donate again.

I'm very lucky because I've been given everything I need for my training including a clean eating cookbook which I've been dipping into and some very bright pink training kit to get me into the Race for Life spirit. I'll be keeping you updated on my training progress so check back in about a month to see how I'm getting on.


If you want to sign up for Race for Life too (you can choose 5k runs, 10k and muddy runs), you can use the code RFLKnees to get discounted entry. You can also donate to my fundraising page over on Just Giving if you can't take part yourself but want to contribute. 

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Women of all shapes, sizes and ages, children, babies, your granny are all welcome and can take part in the fight against cancer so what are you waiting for?! Let's take the fight to cancer. Lace up your trainers and come and show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink. (Or black which is what I'll be wearing)

I'm completely new to running so if you have any tips, links to resources or words of encouragement they will be greatly appreciated. 

Wish me luck.



13 comments:

  1. Good luck! I found the Couch to 5k app really useful when I first started out and Runner's World has training plans for every distance. Just build up slowly and you'll be fine!
    LilyLipstick

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  2. I've been wanting to take part in Race for Life for a while. Good luck x
    www.lilinhaangel.com

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  3. Good luck with all your training and the race. It is such a good cause.

    #UKBloggers

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  4. Good luck!! I've recently signed up for the Sure Run to the Beat 10k (I can't walk 5k, nevermind run 10k) in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I hope all your training goes well and will be checking for updates x

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  5. Wishing you lots of luck. As a breast cancer survivor I really do admire you :) x

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  6. You sound just like me. I'm so lazy but I'd love to do the race for life one day. Maybe in 2016/17. I really have to work towards it as I'd love to run the whole way not walk. Good luck with doing the run this year.

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  7. I'd love to do the race for life one day but it seems so hardd. Go you for having the dedication for such a good cause. Good luck!

    AJ

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  8. Oh wow, Gem. Good luck! I've never been able to get into running, but having seen Lucy run the half marathon in Liverpool last weekend I'm feeling inspired. I need to learn to run.

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    1. I'm a total non runner but I was surprised last year by how far I could run. I ran/jogged 3k and powerwalked/jogged 2. I did 1k off and on and that worked well. Want to run it all this year, fingers crossed xx

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  9. Eek I'm going to be doing this too and I am terrified! I don't DO running, but I couldn't turn down such an amazing cause and I excited to challenge myself to a running journey!

    www.jessicainyourear.com

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    1. Me either, I'm a bit scared of running but we can do it :) xx

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