Just finished my 5km Run4Chch with a time of 40:54!
I am sitting here with a huge grin on my sweaty red face, tears running down my cheeks at how awesome this feels (I’m a crier). Back in July when I started this journey to a healthier me, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. The first time I went back to the gym I was just so bloody fed up with myself. Starting AGAIN with the fitness regime. The soul destroying start when walking 40 minutes at a pace of 3 miles an hour made me want to throw up. The thing is, even at double this pace when running, its still hard. It probably always will be. But the kindness and love I have for myself these days, the confidence and the happy – nothing feels better than that. And I have met some amazing people on and offline who continue to inspire me.
Today I ran and walked 5km. I went through a wall at 1.5km and then again at 2.5km: nausea made me stop and walk for a while. I have been battling half a cold all week and haven’t been to the gym for almost 10 days and I so felt that. But at 4.5km I seemed to get a burst of energy from somewhere. Plus I REALLY needed a wee.
Run4Chch has raised over $7000 so far and 82 events are taking place all over the world this weekend. How amazing is that? 75 people have signed up for the run tomorrow in London. If you’d like to join us, you can sign up on the book of face page or let me know in the comments!
Update: we had around 120 people and two very handsome dogs run 5kms at Richmond Park this morning. It was rainy and cold and full of good humour. What a treat to hear kiwi accents! Thanks to GBK Richmond we had a cold Steinlager Pure for every runner who wanted one. Also thanks to the very glamorous marshals: Bron, Mike, Phil and Robyn who sported flouro sashes and made sure no one interfered with the wild deer. And of course to Ash who carried boxes of beer to and fro, took photos, found extra flags, and for two weeks told me not to stress that people would come. I really should listen to him more.
Over the Run4Chch weekend, 103 events raised over $15,000 for the New Zealand Red Cross. Just awesome!