Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Let's talk about running



I hate running. I hate that burning feeling in my legs when my body reeeally doesn't want to go any further. I hate getting up early or having to run in the cold. I hate getting stitches. I hate that feeling when your end destination feels like it's actually getting further away the closer you get. But I also love it. I love the feeling of moving fast and weaving in and out, around trees or people, or cracks in the pavement. I love the feeling of stopping and your heartbeat continuing to pound on for a couple of minutes longer than your legs before it returns to normal. I love the feeling of washing a layer of sweat off in a cold shower and being as clean as a baby after. I love the feeling of accomplishment each time I get a little further or a little quicker.

I'm running the British 10k in July. I feel a little daunted at the thought having never run this distance before or even raced a 5k 'for real', but my charitable cause is guiding me through. I've got a decent 5k under my belt and have done for some time, but my hatred of pushing my skinny(ish) legs much further is not helping with the training. I just need to remember why I'm doing it.

My Nan passed away when I was in Primary school after suffering a number of years with Alzheimer's disease. I never knew her without it. I don't have any memories of her recalling who I am, only what she had had for lunch that very day in the nursing home. I was too young at the time to understand what it really meant, but I feel deprived for never having known her as her. I also unfortunately know a few too many people with a grandparent who has suffered with a form of dementia and have seen the pain and anguish it causes first hand.

When I saw that Alzheimer's Society was one of the charities you could run for in the British 10k I jumped at the chance. They are an amazing organisation that not only funds vital research (which is closer than ever to finding real treatments and viable cures for Azheimer's and demetia), but also provides support to sufferers, carers and families in the form of groups, volunteer visits from 'dementia friends' and fundraising.

So, I'll take a little pain in my legs, a little sweat in my eyes and a stitch in my side if it means I get to raise a little money and awareness for this cause. Yeah OK, it's no London Marathon, but it's a fair challenge and is going to take me to a whole knew level (i.e. not running home after 2k because those donuts simply will not eat themselves).

I'll post a few updates on here in the run-up to the event (pun intended), with some more on my progress and probably a couple of playlists too. In the meantime, if you fancy donating then please do feel free. I don't believe in begging or forcing people to support charities as it's a very personal thing, but if you're inclined to give you can do so here on my JustGiving page. Don't forget to select Gift Aid too so the charity can claim a little extra.

See you at the finish line!
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