Every year Cancer Rearch UK organise a series of women only 5km (3 mile) sponsored runs across the UK. Although they are called Race for Life everyone gets a medal as the aim is to finish anyway you can, whether it is running, walking, pushing a pram or wheelchair or doing a three legged race.
I’ve always been a sprinter and thought I’d done my only long distance run when I completed a Race for Life 7 years ago, but signed up for this year after it was suggested it would be a good target to lose some of my pregnancy weight. I was keen to run the race despite having only completed the distance once before, but found it difficult to find time to train and two weeks before the run the furthest I’d gone was 1.6km and that only involved 6 minutes of running.
However, I’m pleased to say that on Sunday I completed my Race for Life along with another 2500 women. I ran about half of the course and completed the distanceÂ in under 42 minutes. I’m also pleased to say that I have already raised my sponsorship target of Â£100 with more money still to come in.
I’m currently pondering whether I leave the running here or if I sign up for another race straight away to give me my next target.