I’m not a runner. I try, honestly I do but ultimately I get to a point where it all seems like a bit too much hard work and the same old excuses come thick and fast.
“I’m not built for running, my legs are too stumpy.”
“What if my old knee injury flares up?”
“It’s too cold/dark/late/wet”
“My asthma’s playing up, better not risk it”
“I don’t have time today”
“It’s too much faff, all that gear and gadgets.”
(I’m sorry but contrary to what I’ve read you don’t ‘just need a pair of trainers‘ to get started. What about your mobile for music/running apps, earphones, keys, gloves, jacket, drink, shades, hat and that’s not even including investing in actual running gear from head to toe.)
You could say I haven’t exactly embraced the idea in the past. Despite ‘Run the London Marathon’ featuring on my bucket list (the only sporting event I get ridiculously emotional about ever), I’ve just never had the motivation to stick at it for any length of time.
Until now. This week that all changed when I received an email from The Children’s Society confirming my place in their team running the Vitality London 10,000. A 10k run that takes place 29th May 2017 in my favourite city in the world- amazing!
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. They also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Last year they worked with over 18,000 vulnerable children and young people. Their campaign wins will bring life-changing support to more than 5.6 million children.
Fear not, I’m not about to become a running bore, bombarding you with PB announcements or daily tales of woe but I would love to share this experience on the blog with occasional updates along the way. With the help of my C210K app, a little bit of support and the opportunity to run for such an important charity I have everything I need.
For more information about taking on challenge events with The Children’s Society visit: www.childrenssociety.org.uk/challenges