Yesterday I took a walk in the park. A 5k walk to raise money to beat cancer!
When I woke it it was piddling down with rain. My heart sank. I was looking forward to the walk but imagine how awful it was going to be doing it dripping soaking wet! I didn’t even know if it would be feasible to take an umbrella?
The rain continued while I got ready and we all climbed in the car. It continued all the way to the park. Then as we arrived it stopped!
I’ve not done the Race for Life before, I didn’t really know what to expect. I arrived in my pink t-shirt with my number attached to my front and my name banner on my back. I also had my ‘beautiful’ fake tattoos applied.
First came the warm up. We were entertained on the stage by singers, radio DJs from Heart fm and a zumba lady. People got up to tell us of their stories of cancer, good and bad. We listened, we danced, we got in the mood. There was also pink smoke but I didn’t get a photo as I was having a last minute…well, you don’t really need to know….
Then it was time to queue up ready for the off! The runners first followed by the walkers. There were lots of both.
The race was started by the Little Man’s school friend aged five. He was diagnosed with cancer at two years and has had a kidney removed. He is now in remission.
Then the walk began and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. I did ache a little, funnily enough it was my right hip and my left ankle that hurt the most so I kind of balanced out. Thankfully my feet did not hurt at all, although they were throbbing a little by bedtime.
It was the best feeling ever crossing that finish line!
If you are thinking of doing the Race for Life, or are doing it but have never done it before, here are a few things I’ve learnt from my experience.
- It’s ok to do it alone, whether a runner or a walker there are lots of others doing it alone too.
- It’s ok to take an umbrella, probably not if you are running, but there were lots of walkers carrying them although it didn’t rain again.
- Remember your water, it’s very thirsty work.
- You can wear headphones with your music on, but the atmosphere is great and I feel you’d be missing out on a lot.
- A lot of walkers had little bags, phones and basically anything that you would take on a walk in the park. I felt a little empty handed but I’d just come to walk.
- You don’t have to take anyone with you but it’s really nice to see a friendly face as you approach the finish line.
- Finally, the obvious things…make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and trainers. I heard so many people complaining on the way around that they were too hot or their trainers were rubbing their feet.
Thank you to everyone who donated for my walk.
I’m so proud to be a member of the #Pink Army
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