Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Charity Chick on the run - at least I look the part

A few weeks ago I wrote about finding a suitable goal to aim for following my knee surgery. (You can read about it here.) Thank you to everyone who came up with some great suggestions. I have chosen one which I think is achievable but challenging for me and will also raise money for a great cause - Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.  

Race for Life

Date: 8 June
Venue: Sutton Park
Distance: 5K

OK, I am the first to admit that 5k doesn't sound very far - and it sounds even less when you convert it to miles!  But considering I wasn’t even allowed to run until a few weeks ago, and before that I hadn’t done any proper exercise in a very long time because of increasing problems with my unstable knee, believe me, this is a challenge for me. And what's more, I am pledging to run the entire way - no walking will be allowed!

Since January I have been going to the gym regularly, as well as doing short runs, as part of the rehab for my knee.  Things are definitely getting easier but I still have a way to go. My first few runs were done after dark so I wouldn't be spotted by anyone I know.  I am now feeling braver and am actually running in broad daylight. I have even purchased a pink hi-viz top (which frequently matches the colour of my cheeks) so there's no chance of anyone missing me now!  

The pink top was just the beginning though and since starting my new gym and running regime, I must have spent a small fortune on new kit - trainers (my old ones had holes in them), tops, leggings, and not one but three (!) undergarments essential for the female runner.  The old kit lurking, unloved and neglected, at the bottom of a drawer was rather tatty and, I am sorry to say, on the small side.  It had to go. At least now I look the part if nothing else and maybe the financial investment will act as an added incentive to keep at it!

Thank you to my good friend Julia for agreeing to take part with me. She has demonstrated her commitment already by purchasing new kit and embarking on the NHS Couch to 5K . So we are both good to go.  The countdown to the big event starts now!

And who knows where it will lead? Maybe this time next year I will be running 10k, a marathon or even taking part in a triathlon! Hmmm ... then again, maybe not!

If anyone else would like to join us on 8th June in Sutton Park, you would be more than welcome.

1 comment:

  1. Go Susie Go! You were so ill when you came out of hospital in October and you have come a long way since then. You're a star. Let's hope we can be there en route to cheer you on in June.

    Needless to say, we will sponsor you.

    Love Mum & Dad.