Fitness / Lifestyle

Me, a 10k? Sure, if it’s for charity.

A while ago, Hospice in the Ward contacted me about taking part in their first ever Virtual Charity Run.

We soon discovered that the lovely lady who contacted me used to actually work with my mum and my mother dearest was her TA in the primary school she works at! So obviously, while I really wanted to, I couldn’t refuse…

Only joking, this is actually a cause very close to my heart. Sadly in the last two months we have lost both of my remaining grandparents, one of whom replied on a hospice. Also, at the beginning of 2019, we devastatingly lost my Uncle John after a long battle with cancer. Again, he relied on the support and care of a hospice in his final days. While I don’t know anyone who has specifically used this hospice – I know just how much this service means to those in their final days and the families of lost loved ones. The impact of Covid has been widespread, not least on the charity sector. So if it requires me donning my trainers, reviving my shin splints and obsessively tracking on my fitbit – I’m in.

The run is a 10k your way.

You have from 1st September to 10th October.

They’ve got 40 days to make 40k. Or, that’s the goal at least.

Fancy joining me? Anyone? Please? Someone… ?

I can’t say I’ll be able to run the full 10k. I managed to get a decent 5k time in lockdown of around 27 mins – but that was running 4 times a week, with no gym and very little else to do. I’m not an avid runner and have a dodgy knee as most of you know. HOWEVER. I’m going to see what I can do and at least go for a best time running / walking by the 10th.

I’ll endeavour to share my journey, all the walks and runs and excursions along the way. I was kindly #gifted a brand new FitBit in lockdown as well, so I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated on there and on Strava. No doubt I’ll rope people in as well. My mum and I were actually training for a marathon walk before lockdown (The Moonwalk) and it’s obviously been cancelled / postponed so I’m sure she’ll be keen! We used to walk 10 miles every Sunday morning and finish with a coffee at Allington Lock, so this’ll be lovely for us!

I’ll be honest though, I’m a little daunted at the prospect of biting off more than I can chew what with doing a full 360 on my life – opening a coffee shop and moving house and now running a 10k. But, that’s the beauty of a 10k your way. There is no expectation to run it. Walk it. Skip it for all they bloody care. Just spare some pennies and donate to a good cause.

I’ve got a just giving page set up. If you’re able to donate anything at all I’d be incredibly grateful. Or if you want to get involved, run or fundraise yourself – ping me a message!

But yeah, thank you again for taking the time to read this and if you are able to donate something small I am incredibly grateful.

Hannah x