Monday 9 March 2015


If you've read my blog for a few years, you'll maybe remember that I tried running (several times), found it really difficult, and then gave up and didn't really mention it again. I hated running. It was hard and it hurt and I found it really hard to motivate myself, so I told myself I'd find another sport instead. (I didn't. I found Netflix).

So, when Cancer Research UK got in touch and asked me to be part of their Race for Life blogger team, I struggled. Obviously I want to help charity (I'm a professional fundraiser, I love charities!), and obviously cancer is terrible (every TWO minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer - that's terrifying), and obviously Race for Life does amazing things (since 1993 over seven million people have taken part, raising over £513 million to fund life-saving work).... but running is kind of difficult?

Yeah, I didn't struggle for long. I do think running is terrible, but if I'm able to use this blog to encourage even just a couple of you to enter Race for Life yourselves, or just donate some money, then that's definitely worth my feeble struggle attempting to run (weep).

So, I've signed up for a 10k in Edinburgh in June, because I figured if I was going to try this, I might as well aim high. I went for my first run yesterday using my old friend Couch to 5k, and got out of breath running for one minute. I think this is going to be a difficult journey - but I'll blog about it along the way, and this time I have a terrifying goal ahead of me, which I'm hoping means I'll be motivated by fear.

If you would like to join my running gang and sign up for Race for Life too (they have 5k runs, which are significantly less scary if you are also a running wimp), you can use the code RFLEver to get discounted entry (which makes the pain of buying actual sports gear a little easier). You can also donate to my fundraising page (which I haven't filled in yet, because that makes it real) at

I've got the fear. Wish me luck! 


  1. Well done lady! This is such an amazing thing to do. You'll get back into your stride no bother. Looking forward to hearing all about it xx

  2. You brave, brave soul. I'm a newbie to running too and am feeling daunted by even the thought of my target 5k, so have huge admiration for you aiming for 10. Best of luck!

    - Laura xo

    1. Thank you very much! Good luck with your 5k x

  3. Well done you.
    I was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 4 months ago and this will be my first race for life.
    Just the 5k though lol

    1. Thank you! Good luck with your race - I think 5k is still a big challenge! Hope it all goes well x


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