Let's face it, I'm not a runner. Anyone who knows me knows I knit, I don't run. The two activities do not go well together, unfortunately. Not if you want to knit anything useful and avoid the risk of having your eye out on pointy sticks!
I decided earlier this year I wanted a new personal fitness challenge. It was a combination of factors; being on the wrong side of 40, having some confidence in my body and wanting to keep that, looking for a challenge outside of work, needing something that is flexible enough to fit around an irregular family schedule. I've run a couple of 5Ks before and wanted a bit more of a challenge, but nothing that was going to damage me! So I decided to take the next step and go for a 10K. A challenge but do-able. So that was the "for me" decided.
As for the "for others", that wasn't a tough decision. It's been 7 years since I lost my amazing Mum to cancer, so Cancer Research was an obvious choice, to try to reduce the number of grandchildren growing up who will never know their grandmothers (like my sons and nephews). When I saw my local 10K Race for Life is to be held on her birthday, that decided it. And to bring the story full circle, Mum was a knitter too. She'd have been so proud of the stuff I make with needles and string, although I think she'd have thought I was barking to want to run instead!!
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