At the beginning of 2016, I had an early miscarriage. An unexpected side effect for me was that it made me feel like my body was out of my control, and I really don't like being out of control!
I decided I would use the time my body was healing to start running again for the first time in years, but injured myself very early on. Ironically, it turned out that it was because I was lucky enough to fall pregnant again very quickly and hadn't looked after myself enough. I hung the running shoes up but had in the back of my mind that I would like to get going again as soon as I could.
My wonderful second daughter was born in December, and with the help of the amazing This Mum Runs community I started to run again in April 2017. Having a young baby literally attached to you most of the day (and night!) doesn't help with that regaining control of your body thing, but it turns out running really really does. At the end of May I completed a 6k race. It isn't the longest I've ever done but it was definitely my proudest race. I have trained carefully, I have looked after my body, and my body has thanked me for it.
At the same time, cancer is affecting all of us. Friends and family. I cannot fathom feeling so out of control of what is happening to your own body. So when I saw that the Ealing Half Marathon was supporting Cancer Research I knew I had to do it. I'll be going from couch to a half marathon in just under 6 months, so it won't be pretty, but I'm determined to do this.
Please dig deep and sponsor me anything you can, every penny really will help to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
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