My Own Marathon

In 7 weeks time, I’m taking part in the 10km Race for Life with my sister. We’re doing it for everyone whose lives have been affected by cancer, but especially in honour of our dad, who has Non-Hogkins Lymphoma. I honestly don’t really know a lot about it, because I try and avoid researching it for fear of upsetting myself, but I know it’s not great, and it’s kind of rare. So instead of sitting around wallowing in self-pity, we’re going to attempt to join thousands of women in running to raise money so that other people don’t have to go through what we’re going through.

10km is roughly 6.2 miles, which might not seem very much, but for me it’s a marathon. I cannot think of many things I dislike more than running. I’m starting to get a bit better at it, but unfortunately I’m still not the girl who can list running as one of her hobbies. More a necessity so that I don’t look like a complete novice when race day comes around, and so that I don’t let down all of you wonderful people who have sponsored us.

So far, we have raised £430 (our original target was £200). A lot of these donations have been from people who read our dad’s blog http://www.tenpencepiece.net/blog/ – we had no idea he was so popular! For those of you who have contributed, thank you. 

The training is going well (finally) after weeks of procrastinating on my part (my sister Emily has been doing a lot better than me- although I think the element of competition is a great motivator for someone like me). I think I’ve finally found my rhythm and the workout system that works best for me. For those interested, I’m going running on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and most Sundays, and doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred on the inbetween days to maintain my strength. 

I’ll end the blog by saying if you haven’t donated, and would like to show your support, please do. Our new target is £500, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we’re going to smash that.

Here’s the link to my fundraising page. Thank you! 🙂

https://www.justgiving.com/jessicaholyoake/

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