As you may already know from my week 10 training diary, this year I am running in one of the many Race For Life races. The Race For Life was my very first race back in 2008 and I completed the 5k course having only been running for a couple of months. Since then a lot has changed in my life.
Firstly, back then I was lucky to have never really experienced cancer in my family. My grandmother had died from Leukemia in 2006, but it was a fairly short time-frame from us finding out and her passing. Now that’s a different story with my dad developing prostate cancer in 2012. Thankfully he had a successful prostatectomy in January 2013, but had since had another couple of close brushes with the C word.
Secondly, my passion for fitness has really grown. I am proud to have a whole display full of medals from various races I’ve completed. But that little silver medal on a pink ribbon will always hold a special place in my heart, as the symbol and catalyst of my introduction to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
So this year I’ll be running one of the 10k races that Race For Life are holding – did you know they have events all the way up to the marathon distance, including a “Pretty Muddy” obstacle race too? My race this year will add another medal to my collection – but this will be one that resembles how far I’ve come, and my little contribution to the fight against cancer.
Join Me in the Race For Life
Race For Life have kindly given me a code which will give 20 lucky users £2 off entry to a Race For Life race. This code can only be used 20 times, so act quickly if you want to take advantage! I’m racing the Epping 10k on Wednesday 15th July; feel free to join me there or find your local race.
Sign up here and use RFLFit for discounted entry.
And while you’re here, why not have a look at the fantastic Race For Life TV advert below. You may already have seen it, but I think this year’s campaign is so much fun, and really epitomises the battle we are all fighting against cancer, one way or another. It’s well worth a watch.