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Race For Life: What’s it all about?

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This time next month, I’ll no doubt be feeling pretty chuffed after my Race For Life event ~ and quite possibly, indulging in a celebratory glass or two… But not because of the actual race ~ because of the money raised for Cancer Research UK.

As much as I love running/power walking/walking, and lots of lovely gym sessions, my motivation is Cancer Research. Now, okay, I’m sure you’re thinking this is pretty bloody obvious and it is, I agree ~ however, my point is this: Race For Life is the least I can do.

While I was being tortured on the cross-trainer this morning, I drifted off and started contemplating life…

Life is everywhere you look, staring you back in the face. Isn’t that fantastic?

Life is unpredictable, full of twists and turns, endless surprises. You don’t even know when that next bend is looming, never mind what’s lurking around it, ready to jump out at you and scream “I’m your one true love!” or “You just won £15,000 on the pools!” or “It’s terminal, I’m so sorry”.

Yes, life is all around us. But life has a best friend who accompanies him everywhere he goes: death. Without life there is no death and without death there is no life.

Life’s best friend serves as a reminder that life is for living. Life can be lost in the blink of an eye or the gasp of a breath. And cancer is one hell of a scary beast ~ not many of us are fortunate enough to have dodged the repercussions of its sting. So always trust your instincts, grab opportunities, and smile!

And that’s why I’m running Race For Life this year ~ it is the least I can do.

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Day 12: Fun in the sun

In case you think I spend all my days in the sunshine, I should point out that the following blog post was written on Saturday 22 May :0)

Ah, this is the life. I am in Rutland, on the Hambleton Peninsula. Ross is fishing, and Radish and I are reclining in the shade. But don’t go thinking we’re being lazy ~ we have already walked the 6 mile circuit. And the weather is so glorious that we thought we’d make a day of it, following a delicious lunch in the Finch’s Arms with a spot of ~ in my case ~ chilling, blogging and reading, and ~ in Radish’s case ~ partaking in stand-offs with sheep.

I’m not sure life gets much better than this…

Anyway, back to business ~ Race For Life, getting fit and raising money for Cancer Research UK. Despite not blogging daily as I’d originally hoped ~ too many fantastic copywriting projects on the go at the moment, and one includes my web design business (coming soon) ~ I have made time for exercise. Every day has included at least one double-march with Rads and I’ve even frequented the gym a couple of times.

Race For Life is something I’m passionate about. I want to use it as a real force for good ~ to get fit and, much more importantly, to raise money for Cancer Research. Not many people are fortunate enough to have dodged the devastation of cancer at some point in their lives. If you would like to support my race, that would be amazing ~ and thank you so much.

And returning briefly to Rutland, the day ended on a high ~ Radish discovered that swimming is fun! Previously, she’d only paddled in water but today she swam. I tried to capture this momentous moment on the iPhone but I managed to video only grass, possibly because Radish suddenly charged at me when she spotted the phone in use. She dislikes the iPhone…

Day 1: Gym o’clock

11 May

My third visit to the gym this year; and I almost enjoyed it. If it wasn’t for the wading-through-treacle moments or the burning-stitch event on the cross-trainer, it would have been triumphant. And I even managed to run for 60 seconds at a speed of 6.6. I know.

Today’s stats:

Cross-trainer ~ 28 minutes, 338 calories, 2.76 distance

Treadmill ~ 10 minutes, 78 calories, 0.74 distance, 4.0 speed
(1 minute’s running at 6.6 speed)

Race For Life

Ok, so I’ve signed up for the Race For Life event on 10 July in London ~ now what?

Now I’m going to get fit! And you’re going to join me! Over the next 59 days, 1416 hours, 84960 minutes and 5097600 seconds (pretending this was written at 00:00 today), I’m going to share my pain and progress with you :0)

Oh and I know that some of you may think this is a lot of fuss over a 5k race, but for me this is the equivalent of a marathon or three. And it’s all for a fantastic cause ~ so your support really would be appreciated.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy… And if you want to donate to Cancer Research UK, that would be fantastic!


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