Half Marathon: Why am I doing this when I absolutely HATE running?
In September I’m running in the Blackmores Half Marathon to raise money for Can Too. This will be my fourth Can Too event. The Big Swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach in 2006/7 introduced me to Ocean Swimming, something I still enjoy, and I also did the swim with Can Too again in 2007/8. I enjoy the process of swimming, being in the water and clearing my mind of everything. Running on the other hand… it’s fair to say that I’m not a natural runner. I did the Half Marathon with Can Too in 2007 which was good fun overall even if I didn’t love every minute of it! I then did another one on my own the following year which turned out to be a big mistake as I couldn’t walk for a week afterwards as I hadn’t trained other than eat more pasta. But whilst the process of putting one foot in front of the other doesn’t enthuse me like swimming does, the sense of achievement at the end of running is much greater.
Can Too is an amazing organisation. Thanks to their corporate sponsors who pay for the training programmes and administration, every dollar raised in sponsorship goes to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer. They provide seed funding to researchers who otherwise wouldn’t have the funds to get their research to a point where serious grant money is available for clinical trials. My Mother died from breast cancer in 2003, so it’s a cause that’s important to me, and there can’t be many people who haven’t been touched by cancer in some way. Can Too is making a difference, and by plodding around Sydney I hope to do so as well.
This post was originally published on my Can Too training blog where you can also sponsor me if you’d like to.