In just over a week, I run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles making a half marathon 13.1 miles. That’s a round 21k. Sorry, I should have warned you, this paragraph is going to be quiet maths-y. Before I signed up to the half, the furthest I’d run 7.8km. On the 30th May, I did a 10k. It was tough. I did it in one hour and fifteen minutes. The half was looming and I kept telling myself the half was just like the 10k: I just have to do it twice. To date, the furthest I have run is 15.5k in two hours. I just have to do another 5k on top of that. 5k is my short route that takes me about half an hour. So I can do it in two and a half hours, right?
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon starts and finishes in the stunning Hyde Park. Runners take part in the route through Central London, taking in the spectacular sites of the capital and the beautiful Royal Parks. On that day there will be 16,000 runners and me: fat asthmatic me who is not as ready as she wants to be. I could be fitter and I could be thinner. I know I’ll run quicker if I was lighter, less to carry. But I also let myself eat more because I go to the gym five times a week. Most weeks. I never forget I am doing it for a reason.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit is a charity that has raised over £1.9 million over the past 10 years. “This money is used to fund specialist clinical trials equipment, introduce new initiatives and support further research. Breast cancer clinical trials improve our understanding of the disease, leading to new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat breast cancer.” Thankfully, I haven’t experienced cancer first hand. I’m rather fond of my boobs. I’m going to do what I can to protect them.
I’m running for a charity. Rather, I’m raising money for charity by running. I’m running for me. I want to prove to myself that I can run 13.1 miles. I want to prove to myself that I’m fitter than I think I am. I’m more than a fat asthmatic mess. I can be a superhero. I want to be the best I can be in every sense of the word. My mind to be the best and my body to be the best. Maybe then I can live forever.