Last year, one of my favourite workouts was a month-long running festival for The Cancer Council, The March Charge.
I was so excited to sign up again this year. I didn’t realise, however, that I’d still be recovering from pre-Christmas surgery and that come March, it would be about three months since I last ran.
So I had sadly set aside hopes of participating this year. But you know what, I’m going to do it. I’ll just adjust my goals to make sure I’m not pushing my body too hard too soon.
Instead of aiming for 100kms in the month, I’ll half that to 50km, with a goal of being able to run Narrabeen Lake again (about 8.5kms) without stopping by the end of March.
That might not sound too hard, and in fact last year, I was able to do this no problem. Well, look, it was tough but I did it about once a week. So this should be easy to achieve right?
About a week and a half ago, I laced up for the first time since November and boy, it’s back to square one on the running board. I have done three runs since then (one 4kms and 2 x 5kms). I’m currently able to run 5kms max with at least three stops. That just shows you how far backwards I’ve gone in terms of my fitness levels and stamina.
The March Charge will be a great way for me to get my motivation back and to get me out there running, which will increase my cardio fitness levels and my endurance.
More importantly, it’s a great way to help raise funds for The Cancer Council.
The Cancer Council works across the entire cancer journey, from research and prevention, through to treatment and patient care.
Last year, I raised over $1,000.
And whilst I’m proud of the number of kms I ran in the month of March last year (88.73), the money donated by friends and family was much more important.
If you’re lucky enough not to have been touched by cancer, it’s hard to explain the impact it has on your life. Only my son occupies a bigger place in my heart than my beautiful Mum did.
We lost her to cancer unexpectedly 3 and a half years ago. She had been incorrectly diagnosed by her GP and by the time a locum doctor happened to be on duty and pick it instantly, on 15 June 2012, it was too late.
She was gone 6 weeks later.
Grief isn’t simply something that you experience for a period of time after you lose someone that special. It is always always with you and you just somehow learn to navigate life through it. Sometimes it’s overwhelming and you just collapse in a heap of tears, yes even 3, 13, 30 years later.
The thought of other people, thousands and thousands of people, having to experience this enormous and ongoing loss is heartbreaking. The thought of people suffering cancer and going through the exhausting battle to fight it is heartbreaking too.
I just want to do what I can to help.
And The March Charge is a really good way to do it.
If you’d like to do your bit and sponsor me, here is the link to my March Charge fundraising page.
Why not make a snap decision today and do it too? Have some outdoor fun with your fitness (you can also cycle or swim the kms if that’s more your bag) and raise some money for a really good cause at the same time.
Thank you The Cancer Council for organising such an innovative and positive way to raise funds. Good luck, hope you smash your goals too. x