Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Running the Bupa 10K for The Eve Appeal

This year I am all for setting myself new challenges.  Back in December I decided to get strong and healthy rather than skinny and hungry.  This has given me a new determination and made me reach for new fitness goals.

In September I am taking part in my first run in 4 years, The Big Agency 5K.  It's only a small one, but it's a good starting point for me.  I have been running 4 times a week to train for it and have slowly worked my way up from running 1K all the way up to 4 and last week I managed my first full 5K in 32 minutes.  My aim in the next month is to now get this time down and run the 5K as quickly as I can.

My run during my lunch breaks is always something that I look forward to, while my runs at the weekend are more leisurely, during my lunch breaks I have the added pressure to run faster and quicker.

During my lunch breaks I run in Regents Park (one of the Royal Parks in London), so my view is always amazing, but it also has the added bonus of hills and obstacles to push me further and the view isn't too shabby either. 

If you run just outside the park too, you can see some of the animals in the Zoo.

Altogether the park is a pretty good training ground, which is why I am keen to continue training there in readiness for my second 10K in May, which I will be running to raise money in aid of Cervical Cancer with The Eve Appeal.  I will be running with my best friend Sam who is raising money for Alzheimer's and her sister Lorna who will be running to raise awareness of Sarcoma - three amazing causes.

We each have our reasons why we are running for these charities and I am running for a charity which is fighting for better detection and improved treatment of all five gynecological cancers.  This is a charity that is so important to me, as it has effected a number of very important ladies in my life including my mum and one of my best friends.

It's something that terrifies me to my very core and I believe more needs to be done in order to detect it, including smear tests happening from an earlier age.

If you would like to donate, the link to my page is here and my aim is to raise £500 for The Eve Appeal, but if we can smash through that target, then even better!

"Globally there are around one million new cases of gynecological cancers per year. But what is more shocking is that 500,000 die each year from one of these cancers, just 28,000 fewer than breast cancer.
That is 21 mums or daughters or sisters or girlfriends each day."

The route that I will be running covers a number of different and iconic London landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, so I will be sure to give the Queen a quick wave as we go passed.  Who knows she might be on the balcony with her pom poms cheering us all along.

You never know, if all this training pays off, maybe we will be standing on the winning podium in 2016.

But for now I would like to thank you so much for all of your support, my 293 days of raising awareness of Cervical Cancer starts today along with my 10K countdown.

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